There are many a times when we become stuck with stereotypes. Hardy was telling one such story of when he fell for a stereotype.
It seems he had gone out for dinner to a Pakistani restaurant. Needless to say, most of the people serving there are from Pakistan. Well, being a weekend night the place was full. When he did get a place to sit, one of the folks came and asked if he would share the table with someone else. While he did ask whether it was to be a lady, and did get a reply in the negative, he was joined by a young man who was addressing the waiter as bhai jaan and spoke in impeccable Urdu. In an attempt to start a conversation with his co-diner, he asked him if he was from Pakistan. The guy said no, he was from India.
So why did he ask him if he was from Pakistan? The stereotype … That folks who speak such impeccable Urdu are probably going to be from Pakistan. Somewhere there’s that stereotype which is built in. Just like the assumption that anyone who is a Muslim, and is from South Asia must know Urdu quite well.
What this doesn’t include is the fact that language and culture are more regional in nature, not necessarily linked to religion, and that India and Pakistan do share a common heritage.