‘ಫ್ಯಾಮಿಲಿ ಮಾರ್ಟ್' ಪುರಾಣ ಕೇಳಿದ್ದವರಿಗೆ ಈಗ ‘ಫೋರಂ' ಪುರಾಣ!
We are writing about our bad experience and humiliation we had to undergo at The Forum Mall. We from Banavasi Balaga had been to view a Kannada Movie at the PVR Multiplex in Forum Mall at Koramangala, on Saturday 19th February, 2005. Right from the security personnel to the Customer Care personnel, there were no Kannadigas. A security person shouted at us in Hindi when we were driving in to the Mall. We insisted the security personnel to talk in Kannada but the guy replied back "Kya Kannada" in an arrogant manner. No Kannada, speak in Hindi he replied back. We were very much agitated hearing the security person insulting Kannada. We all protested against this to the Security Manager who was also a non-kannadiga and who was not able to understand or speak in Kannada.
Inside the Mall, the lady at the Customer Care centre, looked at us as if we are aliens, when we spoke to her in Kannada. We requested her to make an announcement in Kanndada asking our Friend who was missing to come with his Car at the entrance of the Shopping Mall. The lady did not give attention to us and continued assisting other Non-kannadiga Customers who were speaking in Hindi and English. We again protested to the lady in English, saying this is not the way to treat local Kannadiga Customers. She continued with her work ignoring our comments.This is the way Kannadigas are being treated in our own Capital City of Karnataka, Bengalooru.
Majority of the shops in the Forum Mall did not have Kannada Display Boards. There were very few Display boards in Kannada put up by some Shops in the Mall and that too Cheap material was used to display Kannada names in some corner for name sake where as they used Glow-sign boards to display English Names. This is the state of Kannada not only in Forum Mall but in many so called posh places in the City.
We visited many shops in the mall and tried to communicate with the sales boys and girls in Kannada, but to our dismay majority of the shops had employed staff who were not Kannadigas and did not know Kannada. They were all from other states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala and North Indian states.
We request you to publish this incident in www.thatskannada.com so that the Forum Management can get more responses from the Kannadigas across the world for the shabby treatment meted out to Kannada and Kannadigas at The Forum Mall.
The mailid of The Forum Management is firstname.lastname@example.org