Complete craziness of Hindi grammar (as I understand it): the gendered ending of a transitive verb in past tense is determined not by the gender of the subject, but that of the direct object. And the third person singular pronoun in the nominative case is the same for male and female; it changes, however, depending on whether the subject is nearby or far away! No matter what the verb is! And E is supposed to learn this over Skype. Time difference with her teacher in Delhi: ten *and a half* hours. India, we adore you.