Last month I was invited by the president of Hindi Niketan, Dr Rahul Gupta, to attend their annual VCE Hindi awards presentation night. Hindi Niketan is one of the oldest Indian community organisations in Victoria and has been serving the community for more than 20 years. Its dedicated volunteers spend their time and considerable efforts promoting Hindi language and culture. One of their many programs is to honour students who have passed Hindi language exams at VCE in the previous year, and our evening was filled with cultural performances, great food, slightly embarrassed late teens and their very proud parents and families. By promoting the Hindi language, Hindi Niketan is helping the younger generation to retain the link to their heritage. Among the awarded students that night was Amitav Madan, a top scorer in Hindi VCE 2018. Amitav’s mother Mrs Pratibha Madan was among the proud parents snapping away pictures.