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Eating in a Hotel?

Not so long ago, I chanced upon the catchy Bollywood number किसी डिस्को में जाएँ, किसी होटल में खाएँ (kisi disco mein jayen, kisi hotel mein khayen) from the film बड़े मियाँ छोटे मियाँ  (Bade Miyan Chote Miyan).

While I must admit that my two left feet did start moving, I couldn’t help but think how the ravishing Raveena and the King of freestyle dance, Govinda, were guiltier of an Indianism more than they were of the loads of PDA (public display of affection for the uninitiated) that they engaged in.

I am no purist really, but if we are talking about comparisons between Indian English and English as spoken by native speakers, then I surely need to address this once and for all. So here we go on our monthly rant then…

A hotel and restaurant are obviously not the same. This article wouldn’t have been necessary otherwise 🙂 While a hotel basically provides accommodation, a restaurant provides food and drink. A lot of us also get our prepositions wrong so just for the record let me put this out there that while we stay ‘in’ a hotel, we eat ‘at’ a restaurant.

And while we are at it, let us also understand that a ‘Motel’ is ‘a roadside hotel designed primarily for motorists, typically having the rooms arranged in low blocks with parking directly outside’ and an ‘Inn’ is ‘a pub, typically one in the country, in some cases providing accommodation.’

Now to book a table at our favorite restaurant for a quiet evening with the Missus for later this evening…

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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.