Thursday, October 16, 2008

Use of English widespread even in rural India

India is a country where many languages and dialects are spoken but English is also widely accepted and understood even in countryside in the northwest as it is often printed on private and public signboards. I still remember in the 1970s, some school teachers in Ipoh still used Wren & Martin's High School English Grammar And Composition, first published in colonial India in 1935, to impart to us the very essential knowledge of Queen's English, and I still keep a hardcover copy of its 100th edition ( revived by N.D.V. Prasada Rao and printed by S.Chad & Company Ltd in New Delhi in 1979 ) which was purchased from the Mubarak Bookstore (a historical institution by itself) in the Old Town.

Chinese food in a very rural Indian restaurant


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