England! This beautiful country that has been accommodating me since September 2010. Before I landed here, people had warned me that the English are racists and might not treat you fair. As I had never been there or hadn’t heard the real stories from anyone else, I bought these stories and was prepared to face the harsh reality, or so I thought. But within a week of coming here, I met some really wonderful and friendly people. They were not at all intimidating. Frankly,I found them much friendlier than Indians.
Since my first day here, my English has improved a lot. I’ve been here for a long time and I obviously need a total personality change. Speaking better English is only a part of it. It really intrigues me that Indians come here, live for four years and still never improve their English. South Indian folks, I don’t want to sound offensive, but(here comes the offensive part) you guys should really work on your English. No wait. That won’t help either. You are the ones who say ‘Tomorrow’ as ‘Tumaaro’ and write it as ’2maro’. People please, your fathers spent fortune to send you to good schools and then sent you to England and yet you never improve your English. You never even realize that there is anything wrong with your accent. About most other Indians, the scenario isn’t too different. They use the word ‘na’ at the end of most sentences while speaking in Hindi. And while speaking English, they finish the same sentence by using the word ‘no’. “Please let me do this no.” Are you serious? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? People just come here, hang out with the people of their own countries, go back and say the country had nothing different. Well I say India is a very horrible country because I’ve seen what it England has to offer. It’s seriously a thousand times better than India. But say that to an Indian living here. He’d say India is the best. And I’d be like,”Yeah sure, say that to your father in your Indian accent. Papaji, Indya iz thee best country no?”
I used to work in Indian restaurant until a few months ago. The chefs inside were good and friendly and too patriotic. On one occasion, the head chef started talking to a British colleague in Hindi. I had to quickly translate to him what the chef said. On another occasion, I was talking to another chef who has been living here for 14 years. And the way he talked was purely- let me emphasize that again- PURELY barbaric. He talked in a manner in which they talk in Indian villages. I was surprised. I asked if he visits India frequently. He replied,”India se hamara naata kabhi nahi tutega.(My bonds with India can never be severed)”
On another instance, I was at friend’s place for a party. She has a housemate that is from India and we started talking. Fast forward to when we talk about India. I said that I didn’t like India at all. He asked the reason. I made a pretty valid point stating poverty, the government, the orthodox and religious people with blind faith and what not. And then I asked him his reasons for liking India. His only reply was,”What’s not there to like about India?” And then everyone started hooting. He didn’t even make perfect sense and people were supporting him as if he ‘pwnd’ me. He never never said anything after that and NEVER made a valid point about India being great or likable. And then he started talking to the host(Her name is Kenya),”Kenya, please let me help you no.” And she didn’t didn’t even correct him. I was so bugged. I didn’t talk to him after that!
I don’t have too many Indian friends here. I’m mostly with Chinese folks. Their English might not be too good because they have their reasons. They always study in Chinese schools and are exposed to English only for the subject and it’s exam. Indians are exposed to English most of the time and yet they fail to grasp their vocabulary. Chinese people will observe the language of foreigners and they’ll at least try to improve themselves. Indians? They’ll live here for 14 long years and talk like they’ve never been to England.
I’ve seen some Indians here with neutral or good accents too, but they are hard to come by. This post is only about the ignorance of Indians and NOT about their behavior. All the people I have met here are good, irrespective of their nationality.
Time to end this post for now. I’m tired and sleepy and I have a long day ahead. And the guitar that Shimei gave me is working perfectly fine. I’m working on learning two songs now. I hope to finish them soon. Once I do, I’ll upload the video! I’ll be writing more posts, so stay tuned and look out for my statuses on my Facebook page.
P.S. My next post will be on British Born Confused Desis(Indians) a.k.a BBCDs. Most Indians here hate them. I’m sure you will enjoy that one equally, if not more than this one!