I greeted my Telugu speaking friends and relatives with the words: ‘vijaya nama savatsara subhakankshalu’ in Telugu and they all without exception returned the greeting by saying in English ‘Wish you the same.’ I did not know whether to be happy or sad at the sweeping influence English language has had on our lives resulting in losing our spontaneity of responding in our mother tongue.
The other day at a get together of a few ladies, I asked each one of them to speak on any topic of their choice for two minutes in their mother tongue without using a single word in English. Noticing them struggling in their attempt, I reduced the time to one minute but none could proceed after the second sentence! They felt it was really a tough test nothing short of a challenge.
So much for our mother tongue!
N Meera Raghavendra Rao