Lost In Translation
For a girl born and brought up in North India, the south of the country was always a place you went only for vacations. There was never even an option to shift there or live there no matter how beautiful or good the city was, simply because of the wide culture difference.
Its hardly been 10 days since I shifted here and I have already had that culture shock - no wide 'pandals' for Durga Pooja, no holiday for that Dussehra and Diwali is celebrated one day before the actual day ( Can anybody explain me why ? ) Long story short I had to go to office on Dussehra and will have office on Diwali too.
But luckily where I am working, its not just the local Kerala people, I met people from Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra,Karnataka and Punjab. And for the first time I am actually realizing how diverse our country is and how many different regional languages we have.
I am going to be really honest and say we North Indians are very proud of Hindi and if someone is in 'our' land and talks in some other language we get offended because we feel they are probably talking about something they don't want to share. But coming here has helped me break all these stereotypes. People talk in their regional language because they grew up hearing that and that's what they are comfortable in.
This is also the first time I have seen Hindi as a minority somewhere in India. The people on my right constantly talk in Bengali, the ones on my right go on Kannada while there is Malayalam somewhere in background and I just sit there looking at their faces.
After a few days of being lost in translation I got good at reading people's faces, it doesn't matter what the people are actually saying, you can easily tell their emotion behind it just by looking at their face.
But the most weird thing of all was the one language that helped us communicate no matter where we came from was - English. I know English has been downgraded as taking over the country and our culture but it has also sort of connected us in a way we could have never been before.
Leaving you with a picture from the Kovalam Beach