Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor, known for his expansive vocabulary and passion for wordplay, was trolled on Twitter for a post in which he misspelt Ahmedabad and referred to it as 'North India'.
In his tweet, the Thiruvananthapuram lawmaker took a jibe at the name of an Ahmedabad-based restaurant chain which recently set up shop in Kerala. The restaurant's name, 'Appiitto', translates to "Did you poop?" in Malayalam.
Amused, Shashi Tharoor posted a tweet.
"The hilarious consequences of most North Indians' ignorance of Southern languages! Popular restaurant chain in Ahmadabad recently opened its outlet in Kochi. But the hotel is struggling to find patrons. If they asked a Malayalam-speaker, they would understand why!," he tweeted along with a picture of the restaurant's signboard.
The hilarious consequences of most North Indians' ignorance of Southern languages! Popular restaurant chain in Ahmadabad recently opened its outlet in Kochi. But the hotel is struggling to find patrons. If they asked a Malayalam-speaker, they would understand why! pic.twitter.com/tsTMasui3l— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 15, 2019
The post, shared on March 15, was meant to be a humorous take on the restaurant's challenge of drawing customers in Kochi.
Twitter, obviously, was quick to catch Mr Tharoor's mistake and called him out instantly.
While this is funny Shashi, but two things:— Pankaj Bengani (@pankaj_bengani) March 15, 2019
1. Gujarat is Western India. Why you guys love labeling? If you do, label all 4 parts of India, please.
2. We have 100+ languages. Should we learn all? How many of you Malayalis know Gujarati or even Hindi. Isn't it ignorance?
This guy has no clue what is happening in India nor in his own state .. takes a fake whatsap message and tweets .. Cafe Appiittoo doesn't have a branch in Kochi ..— Chowkidar Sudhir (@Sk_nairR) March 15, 2019
photo is of A'bad https://t.co/npAjfgjotc— National Renaissance (@SwamyChronicle) March 17, 2019
The meaning in Malayalam is super hilarious it is " Did you shit or stool discharge " sorry for this but this is the meaning is bit raw— Nijo Alukaren (@nijo123) March 16, 2019
Learn spelling of Ahmedabad— Prakhar Chauhan (@Prakhar58807016) March 15, 2019
Are Bhai pahele spelling to thik kar le bad me rajniti karna ????????????— Patel Meet (@meet4433) March 17, 2019
Different meaning off different words in different language is different things... but your view on north indian south indian, ignorance is awesome...keep it up...looking awesome congress man... by the way what about below ???? pic.twitter.com/dXfr69yKvd— Chowkidar Amaresh (@Arihanth15) March 17, 2019
The last time Mr Tharoor was trolled when he took to Twitter to wish people on Mahavir Jayanti but used Gautam Buddha's picture instead.