Friday, October 24, 2008

Conversation with a journalist friend


M: Who is the person?

Me: You're not gonna hazard a guess?

M: No, tell me.

Me: Hint: she's in the news.

M: Sorry, who?

Me: Hint... the Western-most tip of the USA


Me: Another hint: November 4.

M: I seriously don’t know. Just tell me who? Out with it.

Me: Not reading the news, are we?

M: Sarah Palin. Is she?

Me: Correct!

M: Wow!

Me: As your prize, you get a free newspaper subscription. Any paper but the Times.

M: Gosh, she is looking so pretty.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver

Travis: I should get one of those signs that says "One of these days I'm gonna get organezized".

Betsy: You mean organized?

Organezized. Organezized. It's a joke. O-R-G-A-N-E-Z-I-Z-E-D...

Betsy: Oh, you mean organezized. Like those little signs they have in offices that says, "Thimk"?

Sunday, October 05, 2008


I saw a man who looked like Shivraj Patil and my right hand voluntarily wanted to hurl a rock at him.

I don't believe in violence but then again, this morning I was reading Times of India and this report cracked me up. Immense schadenfreude!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Do you stuggle with phonetic alphabets?

I have a peculiar problem. I fumble over phonetic alphabets while instructing people over the phone.

Today, for example, I was on the line with a customer care executive. I was telling him the model number for my DVD player, which needs repair.

So, since the model number was alphanumeric, I used phonetic alphabets - like 'D for Delhi', 'E for Elephant' so that he may not mistake 'D' for 'T', 'A' for 'J' and suchlike.

Those were the easier ones.

What is the first word that comes to your mind when you think of the letter F?

Or S.

Or P.

Or B.

Maybe I have a rotten, corrupt mind, but I struggle to promptly come up with 'clean' words for some letters.

"S for... err... you know... ummm... (blush)...Patna?"

Does anyone else have the same problem?