English speaking Country

India is my beloved English speaking country. Whether people know the language or not, English is a fashionable language for Marketing and publicity. It is not that English was force fed during the British rule, but it was more of an evolutionary adaptation by people of India to cut across various cultures when Hindi is not enough for everyone. English has become so important for us that people of all economic background are fond of using it.

I am more fascinated by how the mass population who are not expected to be good in English, love to use it for tail stickers and small sign boards. You can find them in the back of the Autorickshaws, Trucks, Water tankers etc., I do not mean to undermine their efforts to express in the language that is alien to them, but I would rather go to the length of appreciating their work because, they have no fear and nothing to lose by making Typos and that they are doing something out of their comfort zone without worrying about some stupid blogger who might write a few lines or so from their slogans.

Here are some I enjoyed around Bangalore.

Cashmir pashmina shawls – Perhaps, he took only “Cash” for Kashmir Shawls.

Bretainiya Spread – We are honest. We will write it ourself even if we are wrong even though it may be there as Britannia on the Box in the shelf. (I hope I got the number of “t” and “n” correctly myself !)

Puncher Shop – You can go to this shop to get punched. Price may vary by preferred anatomical location.

Vegitabil Superfasht – Just to let you know that This is a super fast truck carrying fresh Vegetables, which can take its own sweet time on an inclined highway blocking your Audi or BMW in the back. Atleast it did so to my small car on the Krishnagiri highway.

Do not Falow me, I am sunami, Sound OK Horan – I had a hard time typing this one with Auto correct on!

And the latest I saw shows you clear cut steps on how to save your country.

“DEAR CUSTEMER USE PAKING BAG 2 ONLY CHILLY, BEANS, TOMATO, {S}ONION, BENDY, GRAPES & 2 SMALL ITEAM, PLEASE TRY TO AVOIDE PLASTIC BAG & SAVE COUNTRY”

Let me clarify what “BENDY” is. Bendy is Ladies finger (UK Version) a.k.a Okra (for my American friends). It is pronounced as Bhendi in Hindi. I have no clue what {S} is doing here!

So, what funny tail slogans did you see in India? Share it here!

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6 thoughts on “English speaking Country

  1. Rohini March 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Good ones!..
    I generally notice a few of these too. Rear side of big Trucks – “Use Diaper At night”.
    All the babies.. are you listening! :D

    • Dinesh Babu March 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply

      LOL ! Yeah, back of the trucks and autos are the most phonetically inspiring English verses!

  2. Apar March 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    :D Quite a lot… “hair dieing, face beliching, children cutting done here!!!” comes to mind! There is a feature on the Hindu that carries pictures of such Inglish!! :)
    Oh and radio ads!!! There is one annoying me everyday where plural of information is informations!!! “For informations call….”

    • Dinesh Babu March 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply

      LoL on Children cutting done here ! I also saw Ladeej Saloon somewhere !

  3. deeptrance March 19, 2013 at 10:22 am Reply

    I am always tickled by restaurant featuring ‘Pure Veg and Non-Veg’ items.

  4. Reema June 12, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    Lol :) good ones…

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