Feb 23, 2008

Do I speak South Indian?

Do I speak South Indian?

6 comments:

Kunal said...

I've met a bunch of people who thought that the language of Pu.La. was called "Maharashtrian". I've met people who thought it was called this by the people of Maharashtra. I met an Indian just yesterday who thought "Malayalam" was a made up word. I've met people who thought all kinds of things about Goa, such as: it is an island, it is a city, it is a part of Mumbai. All these people are literate, numerate and speak at least two languages (by which I mean they spoke English).

Any conclusion based on anecdotal evidence that we as a people are superior to Americans in terms of geographical knowledge is either a case of confirmation bias or of ignorance.

George said...

I think the real danger is of making sweeping generalisations encouraged by TV shows like this one; shows run for ratings and profit (clearly so in the USA); the sheer volume of television programming dedicated to sports, especially American sports, boggles the mind. Then you have reality shows that are dedicated to toned-down versions of ways to get some action.

To revisit a cliché, imagine what kind of marketing package all this would provide to an alien civilisation monitoring our media output :)

Manish said...

I have seen worse stereotypes here in city of Pune. Some of them because of plain ignorance, while others because of a sort of superiority complex.

Kunal said...

Ok, the point of this whole thing (as I see it) is that people everywhere are likely to be ignorant of other places/languages/people. You are going to see this wherever you go. This is a feature, not a bug. Some people take the pains to learn about other cultures/regions/languages, whether within their country or without. Some people don't, and find other ways to be productive. Thats just the way it is. Using anecdotes like these to tout the superiority/inferiority of certain nationalities/groups/places w.r.t. others is just plain stupid. This is what I am (and I assume JR is) trying to say.

Aditya said...

I've met people in US who say that I speak "American" very well while they can not even say 'Namaste' properly in "Indian" language. :)

Upasna said...

my language is called kashimiri or cashmeeri...guess I am lucky! :P