For most language teachers, research often begins with noticing patterns, anomalies, differences and working ideas in their classrooms. Such ideas lead to reading books, and discussions with other teachers. Sometimes, no formal research takes place, but informally ideas take shape during teacher-interactions. Some such ideas are applied in classrooms to test their validity. For teachers like me, teaching involves discovering new ideas every day.
Like most Indian classrooms, my classrooms were a cross-section of the larger diverse Indian society. Students from varied cultural, religious, social and economic backgrounds mix in the classroom space. As a teacher, I strongly believe that this diversity can be capitalised in order to build a society of citizens who treat each other with respect. Especially during our times when people hate and kill each other in the name of differences of faith, colour and region, we language teachers can make a difference in our classrooms.