I was walking leisurely when a person approached me.
“Do you know where the HK bank is?”
Before I could think, he continued: “This is Wahda Street, right?”
“Ye,” I did not complete the word when he queried, “That parallel road is JAN Street?”
He then pointed out a building at a distance and asked, “Do you see that blue skyscraper?”
“Next to that - the yellow building. That must be the bank.” Saying so, he moved off.
I wondered whether I was the one looking for the bank.
The other day a similar incident happened.
A person asked me whether I knew where a restaurant was.
When I blinked, his partner mentioned in Tamil, “What a fool you asked. Look how he is blinking!” He apparently did not guess that I knew Tamil.
However, he is not the only culprit when it comes to language misuse.
I was in a taxi in Mumbai with my wife when I muttered to her in Tamil, “This driver will get an award for slow driving.”
Obviously, I had presumed he did not know the language.
He turned and remarked, “You want me to reach your destination or final destination?”