All this discussion reminds me of the time my mother in Calcutta checked her
phrase book and asked the cook to buy Kaela. He came home with a huge stick
of bananas! (I guess she'd given him a lot of money.)She double checked and
had wanted Khaela, which is coal. Hindi being an aspirated language makes a
lot of difference with an h.
And, of course the old addage that if you go to the north pole you will find
an Indian there with a Chai shop! (I certainly hope so!)
And, for those who want to discuss this even further check out the chat
rooms on http://www.chaitime.com
From: kenshell <kenshell(a)compuserve.com>
Subject: Re: Ref. CHAR-CHAI
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 14:46:41 -0500
have we drunk enough char/chai yet?
it's wonderful that this list is also a cultural exchange,
but perhaps we should realise that with one billion indians
and the whole diaspora, dialects will develop...
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