I would like to share with you an incident that took place about 4 years ago when I recruited a servant for my office and residence. Based on the company policy, he had to fill up the application form and I was surprised to see that he applied for the position of a “cooker”, now that really caught me by surprise. What am I going to do with a cooker? When I asked him what he meant by it, he told me that he wants to apply as a cook and since he knows how to cook, well that makes him a cooker. Anyway I employed him as my servant and I didn’t want the “cooker” to cook.
Just a couple of days back on NDTV( a news channel in India) I was watching the newscasters from various states reading the newspaper highlights of the day. What caught my attention was about a man found dead in a park with his throat slit by the residences in the park bench. And the news caster was saying that (in the past tense) that a man’s throat was “slut”, oops….a blunder here and she corrected herself gracefully. It made me laugh a little with the blunders you see on air.
Another incident that happened was when my eldest boy was traveling to his kindergarden by his kindergarden bus, and he told us that there is this girl who is staying in our neighbourhood and she is very ‘touchy”. We as parents jumped out of our seats as we were wondering, such a young age for him to have girlfriends or to fall in love, and when he explained what he meant by “touchy” we had a good laugh. It so happened that the girl touches him when she speaks to him, what a relief!
One classic incident that I would like to share is about my second son, when he was in Standard one, he had dropped his twenty cents in the drain and it was quite deep and he didn’t want to dirty himself. So what he did was he offered another boy ten cents to pick up his twenty cents from the drain. When he told us this at home, I thought to myself, like father like son, you see I think he would make a good manager.
I hope that you had enjoyed my anecdotes and I would be posting some more later when I have the time to write it down.