I will always value the lovely talks we’ve had. They have changed me. It has been such an honor and a joy having you as a student. Thank you for all you have taught me over the years and all you share with the world. Your writing and our conversations will always stay with me. I’ll miss you! Please stay in touch. Much love and congratulations!
Ismita, among your many personal and intellectual qualities, I especially admire your curiosity, which is a sign of both your freedom and generosity. You challenged us with your questions, because when it comes to acquiring knowledge, you do it by tracing your own path. You are a generous person because you know how to listen to others and appreciate differences. Thank you for our conversations on the representation of the body in Dante’s Inferno. It was a real pleasure to be your teacher, I will miss you dearly but I am confident we will find a way to keep our discussions going.
"D'una città non godi le sette o le settantasette meraviglie, ma la risposta che dà a una tua domanda" Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.
I did not get the opportunity to teach you as often as the other Italian faculty, but I must say the one class was enough to demonstrate to me both your seriousness as a student and your humanity as a person. I had great fun discussing the Decameron in my office during our independent study. I wish you all the best and I hope that we get to see each other again soon!