Seventeen and a Half Minutes

Pizza Hut’s waiters are friendly, and insist on speaking in English when you speak to them in Urdu (I notice that people from Karachi talk to waiters in English always. Why is this?), but the best is the time they tell you to wait before being served: fourteen and a half minutes, seventeen and a half….hehehe stopwatch le kar bethna chahieye ;)

6 Comments so far

  1. Darwaish (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 5:49 pm

    oh well they have been strictly instructed to do so by their management! as a policy matter :>.. gareeb kia karen

    but it’s not just pizza hut waiters, its almost everywhere. you try to talk to people .. like any other shareef muhazab insaan… in urdu and they will keep on replying in english :P .. a very very interesting/irritating scenario particularly observed while you are talking to so called intellectuals of our polite society..okay am not some anti-english speaking society person but i think one should use english as a means of communication and not anything else ..

    kambakht farangi khud to chala gia but has left us with zehni ghulami.. even after 58 years :)

  2. nausheen (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 8:50 pm

    there was this wild rumour once kay if they don’t get your food to you in 17.5, then you get a free salad. Apparently has happened in karachi….mmmmmmm…..

    when we actually tried stopwatching em once here, it didnt work.

    i guess i just proved the welaness didnt i. :/

  3. Jangli Jagga (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2005 @ 4:45 am

    well, this english thingy happened to me too.. in Serena Islamabad. I spoke in Urdu to the waiter just to be polite and he was answering in english. sometimes, I get detracked and speak punjabi even to show I damn care :P

  4. Chris (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 9:11 am

    I love your site. Its facinating. I live on the other side of the world in the US and Its nice to get a diffrent view point. Keep up the great work.

  5. mina (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 11:16 am

    Thank you so much for your words, and for reading our metblog :)) Hope it keeps you coming back!

  6. Basir Ahmed (unregistered) on January 9th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    This English thing, i think it is good. It is not bad to speak English as it is the need of the day.
    But i must say that me must not forget who we are, what we are while speaking English.

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