6. The hilarious story of Mr. Kittusingam
How to call a chicken to be the lunch
I hail from a small village in a coastal District of Tamil Nadu. I had my education in Tamil and English, and knew no other language. My attempt to learn Hindi was not very successful. I could only manage a few simple words in Hindi.
On being selected for a Central Civil Service, I was sent to a small village in Karnataka for a survey. A peon accompanying me also knew no language other than Tamil. Coming from a Coastal village, rice and fish is my staple diet. I could not expect fish in the village. I thought chicken and rice was an option. I expressed my desire to have chicken for dinner. The locals did not know what a chicken meant, and, my peon and I did not know the Kannada word for chicken.
Therefore, my peon went in search of a fowl (cock or hen) around the village. In a corner, he saw a hen and tried to catch it. But, the hen got frightened and ran all over the village, with my peon chasing it.
making gestures with my hands and mouth, I could explain to the villagers that
we wanted the bird for our food. This caused hilarious laughter. Promptly, a
fowl was slaughtered and cooked for us. I learnt that a fowl is called “KOLI”
My people and I still remember this hilarious episode in the initial stages of my career.