The Hindi textbook and workbook that I purchased didn't start with a discussion on the Hindi alphabet. Ritu, knowing of my concern, started the session by reviewing the alphabet. She also taught me how to write in the Hindi script and corrected me immediately when I erred. I was also given homework so I could retain what I've learned. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.
Tara has the advantage of being really comfortable and fluent in colloquial American English, a quality not always found in Hindi speakers. This means he can suggest nuance and correct register for Hindi. He comes with flexibility in that he's willing to accommodate a student's learning style. In my case, I was very directive (pushy, assertive, call it what you will) and I met no conflict. He understands the grammar of Hindi, not always the case with native speakers.
She explains the language very well and adds more thorough examples and songs which adds more cultural nuances to the text. Helped me translate lines correctly and corrected some mistakes I would have not seen. Very helpful and all ways suggests other topics to consider. I have learned a lot about Indian culture from her. Also speaks Hindi sometimes to get me used to hearing normal Hindi speech which I really need. Thank you