32. Fights with autowallas
Fault! But he hit me
I really want to learn Kannada when I remember my altercations with auto drivers in erratic traffic.
When even a minor accident happens in Bengaluru, the offender’s typical first reaction is to over-react and act like a fanatic as though I have committed a horrific blunder. They start talking in Kannada, shout and start accusing me so much that I do not know what to do, faced with their non-stop tirade.
A crowd of locals gathers to watch the tamasha and starts supporting the offender because they are Kannadigas and I am from somewhere else.
They bring in the language divide and paint me as a culprit. The attitude they adopt is that we non-Kannadigas are in the wrong.
It feels like an encounter.
I want to learn Kannada so that I can counter them in their language.
The greatness of Bengaluru is that we can live here without Kannada, except for incidents such as these when language is a must for smoother resolution.
Also, when exploring the interiors of Karnataka, it is nice if non-Kannadigas know the local language so we can be more comfortable with the people here and learn the local history from them.
Author: Ashesh Shah