Bangalore habits die hard

I’m one of those thousands of folks who travel from Bangalore to Chennai and back over the weekend. (Once or twice a month.)

Some of my Bangalore habits that die hard, when I’m in Chennai are

1. Responding “Amava?” instead of the more apt Tamil word “Appadiya?”.
2. Trying to get Auto Rickshaw Drivers to use the meter in Chennai – I never succeed :-(
3. Thinking about which bus to take to reach a particular place in Chennai – completely forgetting that sub-urban train is the best way to get there.
4. Saying “Onthu & Eradu” instead on “Onnu & Rendu” during shopping for something.
5. Saying “Enjoy Maadi” to my friends who kinda find it strange as “Maadi” in Tamil means “terrace”.

What’s yours?

5 Comments so far

  1. randramble (unregistered) on April 22nd, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

    Good set of items…

    For the first one, I think it’s due to you moving with a lot of Bangalore-born Tamilians — right?

    For me, when I go outside Karnataka briefly, I get confused which language I should use — Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and so on.

  2. RAvi (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

    Well…on the autos issue, I can think straightway of one.
    With the loquacious drivers in Bangalore, I usually call them ‘guru’ while in Chennai, they are usually very touchy so its best to call them ‘Sir’ or ‘Saar’, for that matter!

  3. HNJ (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Well thats just the way a Bangalorean feels outside Bangalore,

    In Chennai or in Tamil Nadu, i prefer to keep quiet, try to pick up the words like appadiya rather than using Amava, and i’m pretty conscious about that.

    true, one can rarely get autos to use meters in Chennai, but that dosent stop me from bargaining with them ;)

    About public transport, Kanth, Imaginge when we have the grid system and the metro!

    I’m ok with onu, rendu in Chennai, in Bangalore ‘Onthu & Eradu’ just kicks in like some inbult system.

    Kanth, I suppose tamil is your mother tongue (like me), how long you been here or born and brought up here? let me know what you think about a Bangalorean Here!

  4. Kanth (unregistered) on April 24th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    @RANDRAMBLE: Yup.. You hit the nail on its head.

    @HNJ: You’re right. My mother tongue is Tamil. I’ve been here for a ~year now.

  5. HNJ (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 12:38 pm

    Kanth, how was your initial experiences in Bangalore regarding the language, numbers…
    By the way that a lot to pick up in a year and try to disperse out in other cites.

    Well I speak Tamil at home, born and brought up here !

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