US citizen Issac Richards took social media by surprise with his Telugu speaking skills. A video recorded by some of his Indian customers while visiting his ice-cream store has gone viral.
In the video, Richards is spotted speaking in fluent and nuanced Telugu to his customers, who seem to be fascinated and overjoyed to experience a bit of their culture. He further explains how he picked up the language while living in various cities of Andhra Pradesh like Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada, and Hyderabad for around 2 years.
In the start of the video Richard is seen asking his customers, 'How everyone in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana doing?' He goes on to explain that he works in an ice-cream shop in Montana, frequented by a lot of foreign tourists every day. I still don’t understand why the customers found it so unusual seeing me talk in Telugu, Richard wonders, adding, 'But I cannot believe the video has got so many views and so many people have watched it. I really like the Telugu language. Andhra Pradesh naa gundello undhi (My heart is for AP forever).'
Ganesh Kesana, one of the customers at the ice cream shop, posted the video on Facebook on and within no time the video went viral and people fell in love with Richard and his fluent command on the language.
Take a look at the video:
The first video going viral promoted Isaac to put up another video clarifying certain details about his identity. He went on to say, 'A guy called Ganesh uploaded a video on Facebook. I was shocked to see how me speaking Telugu was amusing for people. News channels got a few details wrong when they reported about the video. I am not from New Zealand, I am from the USA. I visited Andhra Pradesh between 2016 and 2018. That is when I learnt Telugu. I love Telugu. I was shocked at the number of people who watched my video."