Wokay Saar

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  “Wokay Saar, I take you”, said the enthusiastic auto driver. It was a cool summer night (yes, summer night’s used to be cool in namma Bengaluru, once upon a time  ) I was travelling from MG road to Rajajinagar. He constantly had an eye on me thru his rear view mirror, all of a sudden he took a right turn and quickly eyeballed me with a smile, “hey I think you should’ve taken a left, right?”, I asked him in chaste kannada. He did a double take on me, before smiling and said “ Oh Saar, nimge kannada baruthha”.  And yeah it was my turn to smile  . Toastmasters, having been born and brought up in a metro I had this great opportunity to be exposed to varied people and cultures and to appreciate the diversity of this city. Also, it gave way to a borderline creepy habit of observing people and beyond. People generally have a sense of love and proudness towards their native tongue/language, yet you find very few Kannadigas in and around our metro city. “It is all because of globalization”, says an old time bangalorean in his typical malyali accent. I always had this fascination towards languages and their different dialects, but the fixation towards English language is embedded in my genes for centuries, quite literally. It’s true, look at us being happy and gleeful ha ving been part of an English speaking club  . But the fact is this beautiful language has transcended beyond boundaries across the oceans and how? India has more English speakers compared to UK in itself! 12.5 crores to be precise and we are not even counting the crores of others who try to speak it in their own style. English is a funny language; it is funnier when used by regional people with their native twang. The way one pronounces 1 is the simplest of thing you’ll come across, yet if it’s from my mid -school math teacher it’s even more delightful with her tinge of accent, onnu. One such incident between a tamilian juice center owner and his northeastern srcin boy got me thinking, after a hearty laugh. The boy was to prepare a fruit juice, and his instructions were “you put in the fruits after you turn on the mixer okay...? !” the  apprentice did an affirmative in our way, by bobbing his head. In a flash he turned on the mixer and dunked in the fruits, spewing the juice all over. The furious owner shouted at the top of his voice” I t ell you know, you put in the fruits after you turn on the mixer …” I was in splits when the boy told I did the same. Upon observation they were only a word away from the goof up  –  that  . English truly is a phunny (pun definitely intended) language. On a rendezvous with a friend, I found myself privy to a couple’s conversation. The pretty girl had an air of French sophistication, until I heard her speak “…no yaa, me not that good in Kannada, I am comfy with English..! ”. I rolled   my eyes with a sigh, when my date sternly made a signal ‘NO not here’  .There are times when I interact with my precariously smart niece and nephew that my friend is right, as always  –  that for a through bred Bangalore kid English is their mother tongue! Just as I rode my bike out thru the canopies across Sankey tank, it stuck me the funny language has literally made fun of our mother tongue/regional language . One is quick to point out he/she doesn’t know their regional language but never shy away to flaunt their E nglish! It’s interesting to note that out of 23 official Indian languages English takes second spot!  I love this simple yet beautiful language, but the joy of speaking in our native tongue is just pure and heartfelt.
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