Day 2 at Wynad, on our way to the Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
Kid#2 after unsuccessfully trying to make himself understood to the driver : Are we still in India? Why does he not understand me?
Me : Because he does not know Hindi. Try English
He does and gets better results and says in a surprised tone : Damn! Hindi is our national language, so why does he not understand?
Me : Because he does not need to learn it. Every one here speaks Tamil
Kid#2 : After thinking this out : So Tamil is the language here?
Me : No, there are many, Tamil, Telegu, Kanadda, Konkani, Malayalam and may be a few more …
Kid#2 : Hindi works wherever you go in North India. We have no other language.
Me : Bull! We have many … Braj, Haryanavi, Punjabi, Dogri, Rajasthani etc etc
Kid#2 : But every one understands Hindi. Do people here have a common language?
Me : Hating to admit it but … : I don’t know
Silence for a while …
Kid#2 : I feel I am foreign here, people eat stuff I did not know about, people wear clothes which are strange
Me : Whaaat??? What strange clothes
Kid#2 : I have never seen so many people wearing dhotis and sporting moustaches in the north
He is right you know
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