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    November 27, 2005

    Language paranoia: Hyderabad v Bangalore

    Last Wednesday and Thursday, I was in Hyderabad, the land of Mohd. Azharuddin and Harsha Bhogle. But my thoughts were hardly about those two. Instead, I spent most of my time wondering about what might have been.

    If I had gone there this time last year, I would have found Raju Mama alive. I couldn't help but keep wondering about how ridiculous it was. It still only seems like yesterday that he came to Bangalore to visit ailing folks on his "sammandi's" side. Did the stress of that visit, by bus, worsen things to the point of no return? I don't know. Appa and Amma told me about how he could have been saved had Apollo Hospital done simple things like have a functional oxygen cylinder ready in the ICU, ensure the hospital staff were accessible (this when it was 7 am in the morning) and be able to reach the duty doctors immediately. They did none of the above. Life moves on though. I had gone there to recruit folks for Yahoo! Bangalore.

    The thing that really struck me on our way from the airport to the university campus was the near absence of local language (Telugu) signs. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, or the nature of the localities we travelled in. But it was in striking contrast to what I find in Bangalore. Here, shops, companies etc. face the wrath of the self-styled protectors of Kannada if they do not have Kannada on their signs. Is it anyone's case that Kannada faces a greater threat from the outside world than Telugu (or any other Indian language for that matter) does?

    On Thursday, I had a breakfast at Kamath's, on MG Road near Paradise. I chose to once again go with my masala dosai index to determine the restuarant's standard and price. The masala was short on salt but the price was ok.

    When I returned home on Thursday afternoon, I wasn't met at the door by a beaming Jaagruthi. I saw her perched on the sofa watching television. When I called out to her as I normally do (Heiiiii Jaagruthi!), she gave me something approaching a scornful look and turned towards the television. Apparently she had missed me on Wednesday!

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