I simply hate it when they fake a Western accent. I called some person and I hear an annoying feminine voice go like this:
“The Hutch numbuhr you have cawled is currently unavaiylabillll, pleease try again laytuhr. Thaiink youuu.”
and she practically sang it out!
I don’t believe that I have an accent, but whenever I go to Madras (nothing against Madras, but this was noticed mostly in that city) and ask someone at the bus stop which bus goes to Adyar or something like that (in Tamil) they would reply in English and the younger (25*365 days or lesser) ones would do it with a fake accent. Why? Why oh! why? I can notice the sharp change in accent when someone talks to another person in English (“No, daaa. He did it chumma only…”) and then turns around for a conversation with me (“Oh! yeaaah. What they did was sooo coool. I really dig it.”) … Hurrmmmpphh. Annoying.
Recently at a bookshop in Bombay, I couldn’t help overhear a bunch of schoolgirls (lesser than 14*365 days on earth) discuss some book and intersperse that with discussions about some girls in school. The accent was atrociously faked and the language had a liberal sprinkling of all the four letter words which one would refrain from using in front of one’s parents! Cute kids, though 🙂
My sister’s doctor’s kid and her cousins/friends went on a trek to some place near Delhi. So they stopped over at my sis’s place. She had sent a small parcel with the kid. When I went to collect it, I thought it sensible to enquire about the trek and whether they enjoyed the stay at my sister’s place (you know, the pointless but essential things of life!). Her accent knocked me over! She called my sister “funky” (my sis is a little shy of 30*365 days and this kid was all of 14*365 days or so) and called my nephew (< 210 days. Now you know why I was measuring age in days? Poor kid feels bad when he is the only one to be counted in days) something which I am glad he can't yet understand! FUNKY? My sister doesn't have a bull's nose ring nor does she wear her hair in pink and blue spikes! FUNKY? :-O
If being modern and hep (what on earth does that mean? Where did it come from?) and cool are the in things, then why is it that people achieve them only by faking and aping?
Wait till I catch that Hutch woman! X-(