Probably this is my first experience of its kind. Though I've heard a few like this in the past, the intensity is not evident until today. I don't want to rant over it. But I see a point in sharing it.
Just not to alarm anyone with my awkward dance, I was sitting there quietly, enjoying looking at friends dancing playfully to some good music mixed by the the DJ in the bar. All of a sudden, this guy from nowhere came over and started blabbering something in an unknown language, what I assume is Hindi. He was not clear. I understood only one word in his conversation (if it can be called so) - "Bengal". So I assumed he's a Bengali. I politely told him that I don't speak Hindi, and asked if he can speak English. I don't know what's with him, he suddenly started abusing me for not speaking Hindi. I told him that I'm from a southern state, Andhra pradesh and we speak a different language, Telugu. There were few swear words from him. One of my friend intervened and tried to communicate saying I speak Telugu, a different language. But he did not seem to care, all he wants is me speaking Hindi to him.
I did not care him and got tuned to the music again. While leaving the place, we saw him again and my friend wanted to make it clear to him that he is being mean. He argued long enough to get frustrated and the rest of us urged him to call it off.
I spent nearly 8 months outside India and I have never been bothered by any other national. It is a very friendly and cool world. It is more than embarrassing to find a fellow Indian offend me in a distant land, Spain, and a Peruvian communicating on my behalf to broaden the perspective of that ignorant brat. In this regard, I also recall many north Indians who reside in southern states, complaining about the south Indian languages. These guys are no different from him. As the saying goes, when you are in Rome, be a Roman. So, when you are in Andhra/Tamilnadu, be an Andhrite/Tamilian. Complaining that the local people don't speak your language or English is being very, very, very mean. If I'm wrong, prove it, show me the number of north Indians who have learned a south Indian language. As far as my opinion is concerned, a supposedly orthodox (these tags are put by these ignorants, I would never say they are!) Tamilian is more broadminded than a north Indian. If it sounds racist, so be it! Time to digest few things.
Edit (26/5/2011): My allegations on the north Indian community seem to be unfair, based on this incident alone. However, I ask the reader to follow up my other arguments here. Thanks to Aniket for prompting me to write it, with his analytic comment.