A decade or more ago, we were traveling on a train in India \u2013 from Mumbai to Bhopal. My children were less than 12 years old and we all enjoyed the constant stream of food vendors that come and go. Samosas, popcorn, chanaa bhel, coconut water, omlettes, alu parathas etc etc etc \u2026..were consumed with fresh delight and then forgotten immediately!\nBut the memory of a soup vendor lingers after so many years!\nHe passed us many times between 2 stations carrying a large canister of tomato soup and served them in plastic cups for Rs. 10 each.\nThe delightful things was that he caught our attention by yelling out \u201cfoup foup foup \u2013 tomato foup Rs. 10!!\u201d\nMaybe the unique way of saying it was an attention-getting tactic. But given that the word \u2018soup\u2019 was in the 3rd or 4th language he knew and NOT his mother tongue \u2026 we just thought of it as a cute and involuntary error.\nBut a visit to the V & A museum last week made me rethink the young vendor\u2019s diction!\nHere are some examples of writing from centuries ago \u2026.\n\n\n!!!!!!!!!!\nIt appears\u00a0 that my convent education was quite inadequate in learning this foreign language and it was the foup vendor was not wrong after all!\nFuch twists have happened with me fo often that my larder is well ftocked with humble pie!\n\n***\nFeb 2018\njaina mishra | wovensouls\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post An English Test \u2013 A Traveller\u2019s Tales appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.