38. Auto wala asks “kahan jana hai”
I tried to talk in half-baked Kannada
I am an image consultant and designer staying in Bangalore since 2007. I am a person who grabs on to every language wherever I go. I am not against any language, and the first thing I do in a new place is to learn the language.
As I am talkative, I love to interact with locals and become one of them. When I speak in their language, I am not considered an invader or one who came from outside.
I grew up in an army background where in every 3 years I had to go to a new place. I had a love towards many languages, though my mother tongue is Malayalam.
I studied in Kendriya Vidyalayas where the motto is ‘Hindi zindabad’. In school, I met many kinds of people from all over the country. Eating new and different food also came easily.
I believe that being in Karnataka one should learn Kannada.
Once, I was in an auto and I was trying to compose phrases but was struggling with words. The auto driver had a big smile on his face, he said “kahan jana hai”, trying to speak in what he thought was my language.
Languages are for communication, and I feel that however right or wrong one speaks does not matter, as long as one tries.
Author: Babita Jaishankar