Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Interpretation

Its all about interpretation in communication....

Communication can be a word, deed, expression or just a mail, note or letter.... It's all about how we interpret the message conveyed...

I happened to attend a very interesting session related to technical writing which was presided over by Prof.Dr. Jagadish who is teaching in the Information systems department.

The inaugural speech had this segment on interpretation. Quite an interesting one.

A lady had a discomfort in her chest and was referred to a cardiologist who suggested that she take an EEG ( Its called an Echo test). On the doctor's table, the doctor held a scanner on her chest and was scanning the impressions on the monitor in front of him. He said, "No Thrill"....


The lady, was obviously waiting for a diagnostics and didn't want to hear such a comment. She jumped off the bed, changed quickly and walked out fuming...." I didn't know that this doctor is such an indecent man".


It turned out later that the lady had been referred to the cardiologist because it was suspected that there were problems with the murmur of her heart beat. The unit of murmur in medical jargon was 'Thrill'. The higher the value of 'Thrill', the more problems the heart beats had. So the doctor was just ruling out the possibility of errors in her heart's murmur when he said, " No Thrill".


She didn't wait to hear what would have actually made her glad... :) All because of the wrong interpretation.


You never know what the other person means unless you want to ensure that there is no misunderstanding of facts... Often times, we don't care about this. In emails, in phone calls, in conversations, in meetings, in discussions, and just about any kind of communication.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Native language trick!!!

There is a specific stretch of road on the Bangalore - Pondicherry route which is yet to be called a 'road' in all senses.....You would never believe it is part of one of the Bangalore highways. So many speed bumps, so uneven, so dark are few points I can recall because, I cross this stretch usually just after mid-night and after this point, I lose my sleep usually...

With nothing better to do, most of the passengers would just close tired eyes and try to sleep, which is what I was doing during my last Friday night's journey too....this state is when you know what is happening around you but you are not completely awake and you hate to be disturbed.. at least , with me it is like this....

Suddenly my bus comes to a jolty stop and I woke up with a start, so did most others... Looking out of the window we could see a truck parked in a very unlikely angle from the road and was headed in a direction opposite to ours.. More heads peered out of the windows to clearly see that it was not an accident. The truck driver was blocking our way.

The truck was seemingly trying to park in a 'Truck Lay-by' area and did not notice our bus. When he did, he was trying to avoid a major accident... Our driver knew only Kannada and the Truck driver knew only Tamil. The cleaner of the truck took this opportunity to have fun in the middle of the night. His point is that our bus has to back its way from the route and give way to the truck which carried important goods. The driver's take was that his bus was loaded with people and people are more important than the materialistic stuff...

Like this the conversation went on and on and finally after about 20 minutes, a guy in the bus who was not aware of this story, walked out of the bus in a disturbed mood.... saying... "Ego clash in the middle of the night!!!!!"

While the cleaner of the truck and the driver of the bus were busy arguing whose vehicle was carrying more important load, this guy walks up to the driver and talks in Kannada and then walks over to the truck and speaks to the truck guy in Tamil and solves the issue in minutes....
:)

You should have seen the magic of language in the middle of no-where at that hour of the night..
:) In minutes the bus was back on the track heading to Pondicherry and the truck was backing off its way to the 'Truck layby' area.

Later when asked the guy told us.. I just told them both in their own languages " Take it easy boss, leave way please "... :) and it solved the problem in seconds...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Thought of the moment...........

This is about writing all that comes to my mind just this minute..

The Gulmohar flowers which I saw in the morning on the road-side trees....
The Maroon Salwar Kameez I am wearing....
The work at my desktop...
My sister....
The movie I watched with a friend....
The person who sends comments on my blog often....
A friend of mine who usually writes back to my mail...
My friend who is expecting a baby...
My Mother who is travelling...
My Dad at work....
My tickets to home town next week...

Just wondering about this mind of ours.... How much can it think in a matter of minutes.... Does this mean it has multi-tasking ability or does it mean it is out of focus? On a second thought, I think multi tasking is correct....

I am sure most of our minds are lost in so many thoughts every minute... When one of the thoughts require immediate attention, that's when we call it 'Focus' and we concentrate on it.... All else, remains in the background and become 'Active' when each of it gets the chance....

People say meditation is important only to put this forever busy mind to rest....and it is said, the efficiency of mind and thereby 'way of life' becomes easier. Planning to try sometime.. :)

Right now, my work is in my mind's queue, so going ahead with it....

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ta ra ram pam

:) That's the name of the hindi movie I watched day before yesterday.. :)

Directed by Siddharth Anand, Ta Ra Ram Pam is a lovely movie with a lot of points to learn.. Well, if you are in the movie theatre after a hard day at work or after a mind boggling argument, or a 'not-so-easy' day, then you may curse the movie for its water works... I must admit that it is a little sentimental...

Sentiments... no matter how much we say, we dont want it, we all still are sentimental about a few prized things/feelings in life... and i guess it's just okay to watch such movies once in a while.. :)

but it is also a lot about a cute family.... :) a family which u will fall in love with for sure..

Ta Ra Ram Pam .... the story goes like this.... a carefree guy, who has dreams about becoming a racer, but has no means to become one, meets a friend who happens to be the manager of a Car Racers' team. Miss Fortune smiles and the guy also meets the right person and the right time and marries her. Over years he becomes a very popular racer and then suddenly Miss. Misfortune breezes the cute family's path and all joys go for a toss..

How did the family survive the problem is the rest of the story........

For more on this movie, and the what next questions , go ahead and watch the movie.. worth every second..
:)

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