TEN YEARS AGO
Back then, if you did not speak the local language, you needed to know enough in order to convey your ignorance.
Here are some samples of what a rootless city-bred boy used while making friends with the local kids playing a cricket match:
"Nanage Kannada Barudilla"
(I DO NOT KNOW KANNADA)
(DON'T WANT TULU...!)
(DON'T KNOW MALAYALAM)
They look at each other and manage to get through gesticulations - what do you speak then?
"Ha, Hindi..Hindi...," they repeat, trying to invent a word for my comfort.