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Pratheek Arun


Being Vulnerable in New Place

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3 months ago
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We are all vulnerable in one way or another and we all been in that state that made us exposed to the possibilities of being emotionally or physically insecure. So what entraps us in this quality of being vulnerable? Is it the uncertainty associated with newness of the city or the subjective grim ideas that have been falsely fed into our brains before leaving our hometown or is it our ineptitude to deal with new environments? I think it has something to do with the vernacular literature .

We are living in a country where there are 22 major languages and 720 styles of speech. So if you don’t know the four major spoken languages in India which is Hindi,Bengali, Marathi and Telugu, you may fall into the group of people in the country who cannot communicate with half of the nation. Obliviously it may not be statistically 100% true but this hypothesis can hold as there is a probability that you may belong to a community/state/region where the no: of people speaking the same language as yours will be considerably low when compared to the national average of these 4 major languages and you may not even be good with other minor languages due to the diverse vernacular patterns across the country which is hard to keep up. Okay now don’t fret over it and don’t feel aghast at the thought of some other language being imposed over you, as you have complete liberty to reject anything you don’t like as long as you are in India.

So what makes a place? Obviously it’s the people living there, even Odin’s final wise words to Thor in Ragnarok was that “people of Asgard make up Asgard” and as long as Asgardians are alive the legacy continues. Its the same everywhere and you feel more comfortable with people who speak the same native language as you speak and I am not taking English into consideration here albeit India is the 2nd largest English speaking country where around 10% of our total population speaks English. I am pretty sure that majority wont derive that sense of belonging or happiness from speaking English in place of their native language. So being with people who speak the same language as you can be considered as a boon for people who are new to a city where you don’t know the local language. Everyone might have gone through that saccharine feeling when they meet a person or shopkeeper who speaks the same language as you in the new strange city. This might not be applicable to people who are gallivant and gregarious but still the relative percentage of such kind of people are comparatively less. Above all the probability of being exploited in a new city can be in direct proportion to your lack of understanding of the local language in the city.

Language is considered as a powerful weapon as they have been one of the critical reasons for building a strong cooperative system which took humans to the top of the food chain in the world and if other animals too had a sophisticated language system along with introspective abilities as we humans have, then there would have been haggle in the food chain.

Moreover, there is no harm in being multilingual apart from added benefits to your brain and mind. It is perfectly to okay to love your native language and it doesn’t mean you are impudent to other languages and no language can be considered superior to another in literal terms and each language becomes important based on the context in which its being used and it also depends on your personal needs. In the end being multilingual in a country like India is always beneficial and learning a second language can enhance your cognitive abilities and these are proven through clinical research, so why not be another LUCY? Now considering the other side of not knowing a second language is a stable option too, India has survived for this long and went through all the vagaries in the world for being diverse and upholding the values of minorities, so why not you?


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