But I did have my first complete conversation in Hindi today with people who could not speak English! They were those lovely gentlemen in the white garb from the last post. They saw me taking a picture with a few boys, and then they came over and gestured to the camera and started lining up. But they didn’t have a camera. So I was confused about what they wanted me to do.
My Very First All-Hindi Conversation ensued. Here it is, in its entirety:
Me: [pointing to camera] Meera? Apka?
Me: Accha. [takes picture] Accha tikke!
Translation: “Mine? Yours?” “Yours.” “Good, OK. … Very good!”
And…that’s it. Although, actually, addendum — then the boy who asked for a photo earlier heard all this, came back to where I was standing, and said:
Boy: Madam! You speak Hindi???
Me: Chhota, chhota. (Small, small.) ….bahut chhota. (…very small.)