When I was away..

..India turned into America:)

One of things that puzzled daughter at school was the fact that there were no toilets. She kept insisting that there were no toilets, and I kept telling her to ask her friends. I did not want to email the teacher about it. She was, after all, old enough to figure this out, right?

Turns out the toilets were called, ‘restrooms’. ‘But why?’, Asks a puzzled daughter, so I explained that what they are called in America. ‘But we are in India not America’!

Well, what do I say to that πŸ™‚ And now, I notice ‘restrooms’ everywhere. I had a waiter look down snootily at me, when I asked for ‘the toilets’. Apparently toilets aren’t called toilets anymore 😦

All that I need now, is to ask for ‘queues‘. Not that most people seem to have a clue what it means anyway:)

29 thoughts on “When I was away..

  1. and someplaces it is called ‘washrooms’ too πŸ™‚ I guess ‘toilets’ are only tagged as it is in local restaurants or dhabas…otherwise yes the term has changed πŸ™‚

    No wonder I got snooty looks 😦

    I’m amazed with the logical questions poohi comes up with πŸ™‚ intelligent brat πŸ˜€

    She’s six πŸ™‚ Old enough to get logical πŸ™‚

    oh and queues? it will take another decade for the word to get it’s real meaning here in India,sigh!

    πŸ™‚ That I can see πŸ™‚

  2. lol!!! β€˜queuesβ€˜ are an in thing in Mumbai. You should visit the Bus Stand near CST early morning. The discplined queue will surprise you. Ppl follow it and don’t allow others to break it too. When I had seen them I was kind of shocked!!!

  3. Strange but true.. toilets are out. I thought they were called washrooms these days.
    A friend in the US once had a nightmare moment when her daughter was lost and she kept asking where’s the ‘lift’ was with people gving her blank looks because they knew only ‘elevators’! English, I tell you, is so strange.

  4. lol @ the restroom incident. I think the loo is called by various names now, including washroom, all over India. Only in small hotels and dhabas, people still call it the toilet. πŸ™‚

    Yes, it would be great if Indians begin to adopt the other good practices of the Americans, too – including queues and professionalism in work. I wouldn’t mind some months-long holidays as well. πŸ˜€

  5. The biggest WTF moment for me was in uni here. People gave my friend a strange look when he asked for rubber. Apparently they understand eraser, because rubber is a word for condoms πŸ™‚

  6. Yea restrooms and washrooms they are. Toilets probably sound cheap, hence the change. And we use queues and not lines here in Blr. I hope we don’t in future too. Good questions by Poohi thought, smart girl πŸ™‚

  7. yes, i have too noticed it.. when i went to a restaurant and asked the waiter too, he too gave me that look.. and my mom from behind came to correct me saying Rest room restroom..:) so in case we need to find out things, we too have to learn the local language.. nope picked up language.. πŸ™‚

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