R. Parthasarathy, “What is Your Good Name, Please?”
from Indian English. Texts and Interpretation, ed. Raja Ram Mehrotra.
Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 1998. 25-26.
What is your good name, please?
I am remembering we used to be neighbours
in Hindu Colony ten fifteen years before.
Never mind. What you do now?
You are in service, isn’t it?
I am Matric fail. Self-employed.
Only last year I celebrated my marriage.
It was inter-caste. Now I am not able
to make the two ends meet.
Cost of living is going up and up everyday.
Sugar, for example, is costing much.
I am eschewing sugar therefore since last two months.
Also I am diabetes, It is good, no?
Excuse me, please, where you are putting up?
Never mind, You will be coming to my place
one day surely, I am hoping.
Not to disappoint.
You are Madrasi, no? How I make out?
All Madrasis talking English language wonderfully.
I am knowing intimately one Srijut Dandayudhpani
He is foreign-returned from U.K.
Pronunciation is A1, I am telling you.
Some people are lucky.
He is officer in State Bank. Drawing Rs. 2,000.
We are always discussing about politics.
Congress government I am saying
is still best for delivering goods.
What you opine?
Beg pardon, I am going.
I am forgetting to go to Gandhi Market
for purchasing the Aspro.
Since today morning I am suffering
from headache pain.
I am taking your leave, yes, for the time.