SO, YOU ARE FINALLY in India. And things are not going very well. You’ve somehow managed to land yourself in a soup. You’ve either lost your way, your wallet or your luggage. You are possibly on the verge of losing your mind too.
In other words, you need help.
Chances are, with over a 100 million native English speakers, the person standing next to you will be able to help you easily enough. But if for some reason that doesn’t happen, you can try one of these below to bail yourself out.
Just remember, India has over 22 official languages and this is not taking into account the numerous dialects spoken within states. Essentially there’s no one-way of doing this, even in the same state. Also, lots of people are multilingual and these languages are not restricted to being spoken in just the states that they come from.
You could find a Gujarati speaker in Delhi, a Punjabi speaker in Maharashtra or visa versa. Lesson to learn: keep trying.