My mother tongue is Marathi and Kannada – one is My Dad’s and the other my Mom’s. But if mother tongue is defined as the language one first learns to speak and the language one is most comfortable with, for me thats English. Mommy Daddy spoke to each other in English- that was the language they conversed in when they met for the first time and it stayed. It was obvious that when they spoke to me , it had to be the language thats spoken at home. My grandparents were fluent in English so conversing with them in English was never a barrier.
While a lot of people have to face bias for not knowing to speak English fluently, in my case it was a different bias that I had to encounter for a major part of my life and it would have continued had I not retaliated. People presume I speak English because I want to flaunt my superiority. Another baseless presumption is that people who speak English at home are not grounded and do not respect their vernacular languages, these regional dialects will be lost over time due to people like me. Thats a bunch of lies I can can tell you as I learnt to speak Marathi and Kannada as I grew up. Marathi- as I lived in Maharashtra and Kannada as I visited Daddy’s hometown in holidays. I am proud of the rich and diverse cultures, languages and heritage that we as Indians possess and I want to do my best to preserve it but that doesn’t take away my freedom to speak the language I choose.
Each person should be free to live their life on their terms and this includes speaking the language of their choice. I am facing a terrible time right now as a kid when I am being told off for speaking in English. But this is just a part of the struggles of growing up, there is more to come as I realise gradually. Want a sneak peak into my days as a school kid? Watch out for the next chapter.
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My theme for the challenge is
“A slice of life through Myra’s eyes” – a fictional tale of growing up and learning some vital lessons about self love, feminism, sisterhood, a working woman and the essence of being a woman in urban India.