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Once you win their trust they will be able convey their concerns even if you do not speak their language.
My only experience of reporting in Andhra is a series I did on HIV / AIDS there in 2004 or 2005. Travelling to interior villages, but we had an interpreter with us . And the villagers were so warm that language of love needed no translation
I can speak broken Telugu but can understand it.
That’s some story sir. Must have been difficult but I am sure u can give some lessons in Telugu after all these years .
This is one of the teething difficulties in any profession, where communication is key, but once you get down to work, slowly you get over it.
That must have been so difficult, sir. I went through a similar experience when i pursued journalism in Chennai. Doing reports when you hardly understand the language gets difficult. After the course I knew, if I had done journalism in Tamil Nadu, I would be able to do it absolutely anywhere else in India.
Down the memory lane......
After clearing the UPSC selection process I was allotted (undivided) Andhra Pradesh cadre as an Indian Police Service officer.
I was trained at Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. The SHO of Nellore Rural Police Station, a very knowledgeable professional taught me many things.
It was during my training period, which also saw advent of Telugu Desham Party; I saw political rallies of Sri N T Rama Rao. I have never seen a crowd of over two lakhs hailing from Gurugram Haryana where the maximum crowd any political leader could pull was in thousands.
I took charge as Assistant Superintendent of Police, Vijayawada. Among many challenges, which came my way, major one was the barrier of language.
I do recall instances where my subordinated tried to mislead me using my inability to understand the language. I distinctly remember one incident where somebody was stabbed and taken to hospital and I was informed my Inspector that the said person was injured because of an accident. On my reaching the hospital, I got to know he was stabbed by a politician’s younger brother. My driver became my first language teacher and later I engaged a schoolteacher to learn Telugu.
To be continued......