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(The Kasmir Monitor)   Ragged Srinagar beggars stop speaking in Hindi, start begging in English to improve their income by surprising tourists "with their perfect accent and mastery of the Queen's language"   (kashmirmonitor.org) divider line 41
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2012-10-02 09:44:49 AM  
Feck Off.
No
Nein,
Bugger Off.
etc.
 
2012-10-02 09:45:07 AM  
Too bad the author of the article does not speak English...
 
2012-10-02 09:49:02 AM  
The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:01 AM  
Are there really that many English speaking tourists in Srinagar? I can think of a heck of a lot safer places to take a vacation than hanging around Kashmir.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:02 AM  
I'm not touching this one.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:18 AM  
Please do the needfull.
 
2012-10-02 09:50:47 AM  

Wade_Wilson: The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.


Between the AC references, the trolling of AC cosplayers, and your username, I totally have a mancrush right now.
 
2012-10-02 09:53:27 AM  
Trouble ye fer a ha'penny, guvnah?
 
2012-10-02 09:55:49 AM  
i have yet to meet too many upper-caste indians who have "mastered" the queen's english...
 
2012-10-02 09:56:53 AM  

Wade_Wilson: The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.


skepticon.org

It would be better if I had a group though.
 
2012-10-02 09:57:11 AM  
Alms for an ex-leper?
 
2012-10-02 09:58:53 AM  
ts2.mm.bing.net
 
2012-10-02 09:59:56 AM  
Wait, so you mean "desi" is a word for their language and not just a porn search term?
 
2012-10-02 10:00:02 AM  
Dressed in traditional Indian attire bearing vermillion mark or Bindi on their forehead, a group of women approach you and take you by surprise with their perfect accent and mastery of the Queen's language


So why couldn't my physics and engineering professors do this
 
2012-10-02 10:03:21 AM  

proteus_b: i have yet to meet too many upper-caste indians who have "mastered" the queen's english...


The majority of the people who live in the UK, whom are British and speak English have yet to master "The Queen's English".
 
2012-10-02 10:03:30 AM  

Cheron: Dressed in traditional Indian attire bearing vermillion mark or Bindi on their forehead, a group of women approach you and take you by surprise with their perfect accent and mastery of the Queen's language

So why couldn't my physics and engineering professors do this


They didn't buy the albums?
 
2012-10-02 10:06:17 AM  
This is how Ben Bernanke got his start and look how that turned out
 
2012-10-02 10:11:50 AM  
Didn't RTFA, but are these street people supposed to be speaking with RP accents? That would be bizarre.
 
2012-10-02 10:18:35 AM  

Valiente: I'm not touching this one.


i16.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-02 10:21:15 AM  
How do you do? I find myself in deplorably impecuniary circumstances and would be much obliged if you would be so kind as to assist me out of a quandry with a pittance to supplement my remuneration.

Reminds me of the American tourists who say that Canada is so classy even the beggers speak French.

Indian begging is very competitive and a good begger needs an edge, especially with native Indians who have hardened themselves against the constant assault (sometimes literal) of beggers. A country with 100,000,000 middle class people and 900,000,000 extremely poor people is either Begger Hell or Begger Heaven, depending on your point of view.

Even in Canada I find that on sunny warm days you can't walk down the street without a hand out on every corner. If you give to all who ask, you'll end up paying more to walk than it would cost to take a taxi, so I have eliminated some of the long term professional beggers and give mainly to the not so persistant individuals.

Some observations: there are no Asian beggers. Two, there is only one black begger in the entire downtown area. In rural areas, the only beggers I have seen are outside the Liquor Store on pay day. It saves them time when they spend their take at the end of their working day.
 
2012-10-02 10:24:51 AM  

UltimaCS: Wait, so you mean "desi" is a word for their language and not just a porn search term?


"Desi" is a pern search term then?

You realize that I'll spend the rest of my shift trying to avoid checking that out. You utter bastard.

/Still, live and learn. Have a +1 on me.
 
2012-10-02 10:28:25 AM  
Please sir, do the needful, and be keeping back in my palm 500 Rupees, in order that we take care of the children, recently who were in the flood.
 
2012-10-02 10:28:26 AM  

brantgoose: How do you do? I find myself in deplorably impecuniary circumstances and would be much obliged if you would be so kind as to assist me out of a quandry with a pittance to supplement my remuneration.

Reminds me of the American tourists who say that Canada is so classy even the beggers speak French.

Indian begging is very competitive and a good begger needs an edge, especially with native Indians who have hardened themselves against the constant assault (sometimes literal) of beggers. A country with 100,000,000 middle class people and 900,000,000 extremely poor people is either Begger Hell or Begger Heaven, depending on your point of view.

Even in Canada I find that on sunny warm days you can't walk down the street without a hand out on every corner. If you give to all who ask, you'll end up paying more to walk than it would cost to take a taxi, so I have eliminated some of the long term professional beggers and give mainly to the not so persistant individuals.

Some observations: there are no Asian beggers. Two, there is only one black begger in the entire downtown area. In rural areas, the only beggers I have seen are outside the Liquor Store on pay day. It saves them time when they spend their take at the end of their working day.


I visited Calgary once, and the beggar that I met was actually really polite. He carried on a conversation without the tone in his voice that american beggars get of, "the long I talk to you, the more you better farking give me" He was just a happy go lucky guy that was proud of his city and country.
 
2012-10-02 10:34:12 AM  
No no, I'm from Detroit
 
2012-10-02 10:37:05 AM  
"But as the whole world is becoming advanced, the beggars too have tuned in for a change, many of them have learnt to speak in English to impress."

Well, I shouldn't sneer too much. It's better than 90% of the "English" I see on MMORPG web forums. (Fora?)
 
2012-10-02 10:39:40 AM  
I was impressed with the Dutch beggars in Amsterdam recently, who scoped me as British and switched to English quick as you please, very polite too. I bet they're multi-lingual. A Euro for their trouble was not too much. Not like it's proper money or anything.
 
2012-10-02 10:40:35 AM  

UltimaCS: Wait, so you mean "desi" is a word for their language and not just a porn search term?


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You Doan Say!
 
2012-10-02 10:44:55 AM  
g'day govenah
spare a nickel for me troubles??

www.mobygames.com
 
2012-10-02 10:50:25 AM  

bigjc001: Alms for an ex-leper?


Ah what?!!

/came to see this referenced
 
2012-10-02 11:05:22 AM  
If anyone wants a good laugh, listen to comedian Robin Harris' bit on the poor who beg----you will laugh your ass off.
 
2012-10-02 11:30:12 AM  

Girion47: Wade_Wilson: The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.

Between the AC references, the trolling of AC cosplayers, and your username, I totally have a mancrush right now.


I have a girlcrush he can have, as well. And I will totally be part of a beggar group.


/money! that's what I want! dinero!
//no beggars in the Old West, please please
///whores are okay, though
 
2012-10-02 11:36:54 AM  

TehBoognish: Wade_Wilson: The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.

[Challenge Accepted image 325x265]
It would be better if I had a group though.


For those who have never been, this is typically what a stroll down the Vegas strip looks like. Next time I go I will totally beg from someone in an Altair costume.
www.cbc.ca
 
2012-10-02 11:40:51 AM  
I say, good fellow, I'm quite impecunious.
Could you spot me a quid for a watercress sandwich at the Savoy? Eh wot?
 
2012-10-02 11:44:21 AM  

davidab: TehBoognish: Wade_Wilson: The greatest improvement a video game sequel ever had was when Assassin's Creed 2 allowed you to actually toss some money on the ground and get the beggars to lay off. The first game was teeth-grindingly annoying without that feature.

I always wanted to attend a gaming convention dressed as one of those beggars and hassle anyone dressed as Ezio or Altair. Wonder if they'd appreciate the irony, or just snap and try to stab me with their plastic wrist blade.

[Challenge Accepted image 325x265]
It would be better if I had a group though.

For those who have never been, this is typically what a stroll down the Vegas strip looks like. Next time I go I will totally beg from someone in an Altair costume.
[www.cbc.ca image 400x225]


The Strip was a lot more paper flapping than begging
 
2012-10-02 12:19:05 PM  
If they put as much effort into earning an honest living as they do in deceiving passers by to giving to them, they would not need to "beg"
 
2012-10-02 12:38:32 PM  

Cheron: Dressed in traditional Indian attire bearing vermillion mark or Bindi on their forehead, a group of women approach you and take you by surprise with their perfect accent and mastery of the Queen's language

So why couldn't my physics and engineering professors do this


My physics profs from India and China speak and write better English than many of the U.S.-born American freshman the university admits to our school. They may speak with accents---sometimes with strong accents---but their grammar is reliably good, and they can spell.
 
2012-10-02 12:41:28 PM  

weapon13: proteus_b: i have yet to meet too many upper-caste indians who have "mastered" the queen's english...

The majority of the people who live in the UK, whom are British and speak English have yet to master "The Queen's English".


Agreed.

\the other Junkee just got a job offer for a (tenured) senior professorship in England, to commence next year
\\we're seriously considering accepting the offer
\\\fingers crossed that our 5 year old never speaks the G-d awful Cockney/lower-class version of English
\\\\that shiat just grates on the ears
 
2012-10-02 12:42:24 PM  

GranoblasticMan: Valiente: I'm not touching this one.

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I was wondering if I'd dalit the fuse correctly.
 
2012-10-02 12:47:19 PM  

johnny_stingray: I say, good fellow, I'm quite impecunious.
Could you spot me a quid for a watercress sandwich at the Savoy? Eh wot?


Sammies at the Savoy are considerably more dear than a mere quid, old chap, what, what?

A quid will buy you a withering look of condescension from the doorman.

Perhaps.

missrosen.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-02 02:15:23 PM  
Indians with perfect accents? Can we put them to work in the tech support call centers and fire all the ones there now?
 
2012-10-02 10:29:35 PM  

Valiente: I'm not touching this one.


I see what you did there!
 
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