Thursday, December 13, 2007

Please Carry on...

We shifted to a new city when I was in the final year of college. Needless to say, I had to undergo the painful process of haggling around with the new university to approve me as a student and had to write extra exams in subjects that I studied till 12th to qualify as THEIR student. The fact that the teachers for that subject could not speak the language which they teach but wanted to guide me for that exam is altogether different. Finally, I got admission to a college and started attending classes.


I could manage to find friends but I did not let them know my secret..that I understand the local language. Once I overheard some girls sitting behind talking about me in the local language. I just did not bother about it and carried on with my work. The conversation heated up in a while and one girl said "Ssshhh, don't talk much about her (me), she might understand what we are saying" But her friend just replied loudly " What is she going to understand, as if she is born and brought up here ??" and some other blah blah. I was waiting for such a lovely chance. So I pounced upon this chance to smile back at her and say in the politest tone possible in the local language "Please carry on, it's okay you guys are talking about me, no problems. I am enjoying it too."


Imagine how she would have looked after I said this. I had to control my laughter with great difficulty. After this incident, madam would always exchange greetings whenever she sees me and talk in the politest tone possible!
(P.S: The name of the city is deliberately not mentioned)

8 comments:

Aryan said...

Visiting you first time. Nice blog.
Oh I can imagine the embarrassment in her face. Well done timepass..people should know how to behave..
Aryan's Mom

Pixie said...

LOL!!!
Oh! That was just priceless!

Noodlehead said...

lol!! that was funny...it's happened to me to in college. i studied in a central board school where the local language was not given much prominence so everyone jsut assumed i didnt know it and were discussing me. One of them commented about my hair, which is really curly, ans said that I porbably got it permed. I jumped in and replied that it was all god-given :D we went on to be good friends after that!!

so yeah, i know excatly what look was on that gir's face! thanks for visitng my blog. i hope you'll come back often!

mnamma said...

LOL! That was very polite nosecut you gave your classmate!

Deeps said...

Very naughty of you :-D. But serves her right ;-).

Preethi said...

first time here.. that was quite something .. i can imagine the look on the girls face. I once went for months together not revealing to my colleagues at work that I knew Hindi and overheard every gossip they shared :P Ofcourse there was nothing in it about me, so was never tempted like you were...

Timepass said...

Welcome Aryan's Mom and Preethi.
thks pixie and mnamma
noodlehead..thks for visiting
deeps..sometimes I love to show off the naughty person in me!

Swati said...

I cannot imagine her embarrased face :) And I think it can happen in any city ..we can find this species of people in all parts of the world