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Bengaluru swears by English and I’m not complaining: An expat’s view of the city


avinash-important-meeting-1Being a foreigner in Bengaluru is not very difficult. Unlike many countries I have stayed in, there is close to no language barrier in the spaces where I live, work, and play -that is, central Bengaluru. But how is this possible or even fair in a country where only 10% of the population speak English?

I grew up in another former British colony 4,000 miles away , where English is an official given but it is the native tongue that is much more heavily utilised and valued, irrespective of status. While pretty much everyone can communicate in English, using anything besides Cantonese on a day-to-day basis is almost unheard of outside of expatriate circles. My mother is a part-time English tutor, but the one time I spoke to her in English at home, the conversation fell into an awkward silence.

Over here, the situation is dramatically different. Doting parents speakā€¦

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