13. Why Auto wallas talk in Hindi
Hindi is the first choice
I am a South Indian who can speak fluent Kannada and who lives in HSR Layout which has a lot of North Indians.
I have noticed that many a time, when I take an auto rickshaw, the auto walla asks in Hindi “Kahan jana hai?” i.e. “Where do you want to go?” Hindi has been the default language used in HSR, where even most shop keepers speak in Hindi.
On these occasions when I have asked the Auto walla in Kannada “Kannada Baruthe?” i.e. “Do you know Kannada?”
The auto walla has always said in the affirmative, “Yes”. In turn, I have questioned him “Why did you struggle to talk in Hindi when we could have easily communicated in Kannada?”
Auto wallas have given different reasons like:
“You are a bit fair, so I thought you are a Hindi speaking North Indian.”
“Since you are in HSR which has so many persons speaking Hindi, I thought you too are North Indian”
Auto walla “You are a bit fair, so I thought you are a Hindi speaking North Indian.”
Once this language issue has been sorted out, generally, we have chatted in Kannada and we have had a pleasant journey since a common ground has been established.
Author: Sridhar Ramu