IF you notice in the above photo, a car tyre is hung on the broad stem of the tree as the tree starts its first branching.
You can read the PUNCHAR CALL written on the tyre tube. There is also the mobile number provided but erased intentionally.
Does it sound similar to 911 or SOS or mayday?
As a foreigner, you may wonder what is this panchar call & why it’s written on the tyre tube and first of all why the tree is used?
It’s a kind of advertisement one can come across on major road pavements in India (Unfortunately the tree is used as a medium), and whenever the tyre be that of car, cycle and other modes of transport, get punctured, one can make use of the number mentioned and someone nearby having the shop will come and repair the tube.
The problem with the spelling and is it’s written in Indian English.
Indian English is popularly known as Hinglish, unique in its own way.
Why it’s called Hinglish?
It’s a combination of Hindi+English.
In Hindi, it’s called पंचर (Panchar) hence the spelling in English.
Though the name tells that it’s Hindi+ English, the English language is also mixed with other local languages.
Even in advertisements English is freely mixed, though most of the script is in Hindi. (Life मेबी tough बट I am tougher)
Do you wish to know more about Indian English?
My friend, I am sure you love it.
I know all non-English speaking countries have their version of Hinglish.
If you find time, you can check my Guest Post in Renard’s World – 15 funny common Phrases of Indian English, you are unaware!
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This post is part of Cee Neuner’s CBWC- Trees or Tree parts
and also forms part of Becky B’s Tree squares