…the Americans robbed me of a Spelling Bee trophy in school when I spelt “tumour” T-U-M-O-R and had to settle for runner-up position. Today I’ve been vindicated by 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap, an Indian-American who won the 78th US National Spelling Bee Competition.
(“Beta, tumne meri laaj rakhi.”
“Yeah, dude, whatever.”)
Anyway, what I’m looking forward to now are the impassioned letters to the editor/opinion polls/editorials debating whether this is something for Indians to be proud of, or whether we should just give it the blasé “did you hear old Vidiiaa won the Nobel” treatment.
P.S. Thirteen-year-olds are expected to know the spelling of “”appoggiatura”? When was the last time any of you used that word in polite company?