24 September, 2020

Paris Diary

I had a tough time at my hotel, for no one seemed to know English. Call them the Drithrashtras of Europe for their blind love for their language...

Paris Diary
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Gallicism Rules

The French have long fascinated me for their pride in their language. Despite France being so close to England, English has had a hard time penetrating the consciousness of the Gauls. Contrast that with India: even an eight-hour flight can turn us into possibly the most Anglophilic race on the planet.

It had been five years since I roamed in Paris. I had expected globalisation and the internet to have brought English to the French mainstream. I was wrong. I had a tough time at my hotel, for no one seemed to know English. My hopes rose when my eyes lighted on the International New York Times in the hands of a lady at the reception. But an attempt to strike up a conversation in English was met with the unabashed demand that I speak in French. Call them the Drithrashtras of Europe for their blind love for their...

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