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Do one thing

Why one thing, Indians can do two things. In fact, they can even do three things. We are very efficient people, you see. But God knows why, ever so often in India, we have been asked to only do one thing.

Sample this. Somewhere in India, in the middle of all the hustle and bustle, you are looking for this place that you don’t seem to find despite activating all your natural geo locating abilities. Tired, you finally decide to seek help and ask a passerby for directions. Pat comes the helpful reply that goes something like this, “Do one thing. Go straight and then turn…”

I am sure there are numerous other occasions when we have heard or used this classic Indianism. ‘Do one thing’ probably stems from our habit of starting sentences with ‘आप एक काम करना’. Obviously, such a phrase isn’t quite needed in English and needless to say that won’t probably even be understood internationally. However, if one is feeling fidgety or incomplete for not having started thus, one could try something as simple as “Well, what you could do is go straight and then turn…”

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Sandeep Nulkar Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies. 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 bring credibility and recognition to the Indian translator within and outside India.