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Booking tickets

Nothing can really match up to Indian English when it comes to complicating what is otherwise pretty straightforward and simple.

Take the case of movie tickets or any other tickets for that matter and you will see what I mean. Your favorite movie is going to be released this Friday and you want to catch a show on the first day, come what may. What do you do?

You book your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Simple, right? But wait, there are some of us who actually remove tickets instead of booking them!

Not very difficult to guess where the ‘remove’ comes from. Blame it on all the Indian languages we speak. ‘Tikat nikaalna’ very quickly turns itself into ‘remove tickets’ without realizing that the correct verb-noun collocation in this context is book-tickets.

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Sandeep Nulkar - Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar started his career as a translator way back in 1993 and heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies – BITS Private Limited. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to create an identity for the Indian translator within and outside India.