Karl Rock is a Hindi speaking expat currently living in Delhi, who left his career and life behind in New Zealand to take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India with his YouTube channel and books. At 33, he moved to India in 2016 after he was made redundant from his IT job.
He wrote a book for tourists visiting India and now makes YouTube videos for a living. He has won many Indian hearts with his fluent Hindi, and in his video “Foreigner Surprising Indians with Hindi” specifically. Karl is on a mission to visit EVERY state and UT in India and India before partition! So far he’s covered 35 of 37 states & union territories plus Pakistan and Bangladesh.
On his website India Survival Guide, Rock identifies as someone who is “… experienced and passionate about Indian life and culture and has travelled extensively throughout India and surrounding countries.”
India Survival Guide grew out of Rock’s passion to ensure sceptical foreigners had a good time and a safe stay in India. Today, it has expanded into a book, a website and YouTube channel with close to 12,000 subscribers.
From tips on ‘How to avoid scams in India’ to a look inside Indian weddings and kitchens, Rock has covered much ground. However, he was in the limelight most significantly after he released a video of his walks around Indian streets (mostly in Gurgaon and Haryana) interacting with locals in Hindi and Haryanvi, and their astonishment at his language skills.
Rock says he chose to learn Hindi for a couple of reasons.
“Firstly I was dating a [non-resident Indian] NRI at the time, and I just wanted to know what she was saying when she spoke in Hindi,” he explains. “Then I realised that Hindi was a language I could use and practice in the West because the Indian diaspora is so spread out. Now that I’m in India travelling to all 36 states and union territories, and India before partition, it’s become invaluable.
“European languages like French and German are useless in New Zealand because there are so few speakers. Mandarin or Hindi speakers are much easier to find every day in New Zealand.
“[Indians are] usually amazed and intrigued [when I speak Hindi]. They’re all busy learning English, and here I am learning Hindi. It’s the last thing they expect, which is why I made the video I did. I wanted to show the world the beauty of language connecting people who usually cannot communicate.”
Karl Rock had a indian girlfriend which he is now happily married to… Manisha Malik , a girl from haryana. She has a skin condition called ‘VITILIGO‘. Manisha has a impeccable TV personality, oozes confidence, grace and beauty of a strong woman. Manisha has been travelling with Karl in India & NZ and making videos in hindi. Viewers often commend her quality of voice & beauty.
On YouTube, Karl shares his life in India, tips for foreigners to travel confidently & safely in, and he goes behind the scenes of India to update the world’s, usually, outdated perceptions about India.
The purpose of my life is to help others. I make content to help foreigners enjoy their time in India as much as I do. I want them to fall in love with India like I have.
My videos & books make foreigners feel confident about travelling in India and they boost the Indian tourism industry in the process.
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Karl’s books, the India Survival Guide (Quick-Start Safety Guide) and Learn Hindi Faster Than I Did! help foreigners enjoy their time in India and tackle the challenges that Hindi has for English speakers.
Karl has been featured in the Indian Express, Zee News, NDTV, the Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times, New Zealand Herald, Stuff.co.nz, WikiGrewal.com and many more!
Karl Rock’s YouTube Channel.
He started his YouTube channel on Jun 27, 2017, and has currently about 600K loyal subscribers. His estimated monthly revenue from Youtube is estimated to be US$ 8,000 – 12,000. Reason for low revenue could be attributed to his audience primarily being form india, but Indians living in US & europe are also biggest contributors. He gained a lot of fame & respect in India. His channel has grown exponentially since 2017.
Deccan Chronicle (a leading daily from india) had a chat with Karl about his love for India, Hindi and traveling.
Why did you choose to learn Hindi? There are so many other languages?
Karl: I choose to learn Hindi for a couple of reasons. Firstly I was dating an NRI at the time, and I just wanted to know what she was saying when she spoke in Hindi. Then I realized that Hindi was a language I could use and practice in the West because the Indian diaspora is so spread out. Now that I’m in India travelling to all 36 states and union territories, and India before partition, its become invaluable.
European languages like French and German are useless in New Zealand because there are so few speakers. Mandarin or Hindi speakers are much easier to find every day in New Zealand.
Who did you learn it from?
Karl: I did an introductory Hindi course at the University of Auckland and continued with a tutor from there. I learn a great deal from my girlfriend, friends, and YouTube too.
Tell us if learning the language has changed anything in you.
Karl: Its made me more of a social person because every day I’m attempting to practice Hindi with strangers I meet. I’ve made many new friends too with my interest in Hindi.
How do Indian people react when they hear you speak Hindi?
Karl: They’re usually amazed and intrigued. They’re all busy learning English, and here I am learning Hindi. It’s the last thing they expect! Which is why I made the video I did. I wanted to show the world the beauty of language connecting people who usually cannot communicate.
What do you wish to do by knowing the language?
Karl: Because I spend so much time in India my use of Hindi today is to connect with locals and to integrate the best I can into life in India. I want to be able to do everything myself in India in Hindi and not have to rely on friends to translate when I don’t understand. Assimilating into a foreign country you’re living in is very important to me.
Do you feel more welcomed and safe because Hindi helps you communicate with locals?
Karl: I’ve always felt welcomed and safe in India whether I speak Hindi or not. Indian hospitality is the best and locals will go out of their way to help guests here whether they speak a common language or not.
What do your friends back in New Zealand have to say about this and your Youtube channel?
Karl: My friends back home are all surprised by the attention I’m getting, most of them didn’t realise I had YouTube channel. New Zealanders who are posting comments on my channel have been extremely proud that I’m representing New Zealand so well by speaking Hindi in India.
Are you planning to teach Hindi to your friends travelling to India?
Karl: I’ll be making a video teaching travellers the most useful travel phrases. Learning just a few sentences will enhance their experience here when meeting locals.
What do you enjoy speaking more Hindi or Haryanvi?
Karl: I only know a tiny bit of Haryanvi, but from what I know it’s not a language I can use outside of Haryana because Hindi speakers find it rude. So I prefer Hindi because I can use it all over North India.
Are you planning to learn any more Indian languages?
Karl: I’ll continue to learn little bits of Haryanvi and Punjabi as they’re the useful languages in North India.