Category Archives: Humour

How it is you speak English so poor, eh?

By Nivriti Butalia

There’s a classic scene in the Hindi film Namak Halal where Arjun Singh, the character played by Amitabh Bachchan, is being interviewed for a job by Ranjeet, playing one Ranjit Singh. Ranjit Singh asks Arjun Singh in Hindi if he knows how to speak English. Arjun Singh, keen to display his grasp of general knowledge and a command over English, starts off: “I can taak Englis, I can vaak English… because Englis is a very phunny language…” (sic). The yakking candidate progressively gets on Ranjit Singh’s nerves, who soon loses it and hollers at Arjun Singh: “Ohh shut up!”. It doesn’t stop Arjun Singh. He’s indomitable. And he emerges the winner in that instance. Continue reading How it is you speak English so poor, eh?

Be a little careful when you send out that tweet, will you?

By Bikram Vohra

A couple of generations ago the operative phrase that underscored the need to be needed was the graffiti; Kilroy was here. Without present day technology that desire to be someone, to clamber out of anonymity and count for something was expressed in chiseling hearts and names in rocks and walls and edifices, even trees and any surface that could be disfigured. Even spraying a message and your signature in paint was a conduit for sending out a message.

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How about we add a little colour to this weekend?

By Bikram Vohra

Did you know, there are only eleven unambiguous colours on the planet? No idea what that means, but I read it somewhere, and it sounds impressive. It is the sort of thing you can say in a group of people and come off sounding intellectual and profound, and nobody will have the courage to say, what the heck are you talking about, what is an ambiguous colour? Instead, they will say things like, uhmmm, really, I thought they were twelve. And someone else will say, no, no, ten because white does not count, and a third one will say, it does count, and they will get into an argument, which, I guess is also unambiguous.

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The cost and ramifications of all that corporate jargon

By Bikram Vohra

Have you ever spent hours working on a project and really put effort into it only to present it at the office meeting and have the boss give it a cursory look and say, hmmmm, let me consider it and get back to you? No sentence is more damning than anyone promising to get back to you. There goes the lost weekend, the cancelled party and the hard work sacrificed to the kiss of death. He is not going to get back to you or in front of you or anything. The considering is over and it did not fly.

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