Friday, August 08, 2014

Yalla Habibi, Shlonak Ntha?

I was an NRI for more than half of my life, so it amuses me no end when I see new NRIs conversing in a language they mastered recently. I never found the need to talk to other Indians in Arabic when I was in Bahrain or Dubai so I do not really understand why there’s this new trend of showing off your newly acquired language skills to fellow Indians. And I have noticed how it's mostly prevalent among Indians in Europe.

Picture the scene in Queen when Rani (played by Kangana) visits her relatives in France along with Vijayalakshmi (played by Lisa Haydon). They are conversing in their mother tongue when all of a sudden their relatives decide to talk in French, quick to quote that they are now taking tuition classes for the same. Now shift your focus to Rani and Vijayalakshmi’s expressions. Do you see them going “Wow”? 

Of course not. These were the exact set of expressions I and my classmates shared back in school when our Indian-born French teachers used to chat with each other. That of amusement.

French sir #1: "Ma femme est si paresseux"
French sir #2: "Toutes les femmes sont les mêmes"
French sir#1: "Mais elle cuisine bien"
French sir#2: "Oui"
Students: "Do you think they are bitching about us?"

It’s totally understandable though if it’s a local you are interacting with and you NEED to converse in this new language for them to understand. But it’s not always the case. On Facebook itself, I see so many changes not just in the language used but also the name. I saw one “Maya” become “Màya” and a “Meenakshi” become “Mènaxi” as soon as they landed in Europe. And the worst part is, I am not even sure how their names are pronounced now. 

Thursday, August 07, 2014


"Only if my mind had a computer with an Internet connection, I would have blogged more often."

A dialogue I am constantly using nowadays when people ask me why I have not been blogging. And it's partly true. Even if it has been a year since I blogged anything (except at work where I am into blogging as well), my mind has never been idle and is always brimming with thoughts. There had been instances when I thought "hey, this would make a great blog post" but I am not sure if it was laziness or being tied up with so many things, I just never got around to doing it.

Another reason? I guess I have reached that point in life when I don't really find it necessary to blog about each and every aspect of my life. Maybe I have become more closed and private when it comes to talking about my life on a public platform. I still write to clear my head (it's so therapeutic) but now in an MS Word document. I am not sure if this change is maturity (as a friend claims) but it surely is a change.