Kashmir tum mei Kanyakumari …
For me, who is a housewife this problem increases manifold and the the worst affected is limited bargaining opportunities!
Though there are shopping malls everywhere and obviously no bargaining there but the real fun of shopping is on the streets. Every women would agree to this:) Later I learnt a few words and along with extensive use of body language, I could manage quite well.
My favourite dialogue was: “I am a North Indian and still an Indian. You can’t fool me like a foreigner”.
Trust me, venting this dialogue after every unsuccessful bargain gave me so much satisfaction.
Another side effect of not knowing Tamil was getting bored at public places. YES, I admit blatantly that I tend to hear other people’s conversation…ya ya I know this is not good manners but excuse me…it is the best source of time pass in public places. Now imagine you are getting bored in a beauty parlour waiting for the color on your hair to dry out and a teenager sits next to you getting her hair cut while she converses with her boyfriend …..just a little time pass you know! But here in Chennai, I am devoid of such small pleasures of life. Even though there are so many interesting conversations around I don’t seem to get hold of anything. No new thoughts or new stories. Well I devised a way out, till I manage to handle Tamil rely on body language. Yes reading body language can be so much fun.
Do share some interesting stories of language issues you have faced and how you dealt with it.