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>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Me: Hello, University of Poseidon? (Poseidon here stands for a city in one of the southern states in the country).
Voice on the other end: Ok.
Me:...
VOTOE:....
Me: Sir, I had a query about the current admissions procedure.
VOTOE: Admissions?
Me: Yes.
VOTOE (sighs and then murmurs resignedly): Admissions.
Me: Yes. Well. Umm, I am a general candidate. I was wondering if the stipulation of sending a proof of medium of language in class 12 was a general requirement or is it solely for the backward classes.
VOTOE: Hindi, English, mumble wumble..
Me:I beg your pardon?
VOTOE: Hindi, English, mumble wumble...
Me:(wondering if he was asking me to speak in his local language) But these are the only languages I know!
VOTOE:Hindi, English, mumble wumble...
Me (Throwing caution to the winds): Umm, Main general candidate hoon, er, I was wondering, umm, proof of medium of language, sab ke lie hain ya (here, Hindi fails me), shudhu backward classes der jonno?
VOTOE: (now agitated) Hindi, English, mumble wumble.
Me (suddenly enlightened): Oh you mean, if the medium was Hindi or English, we need not send?
VOTOE: Po
Me (happily): Ok.

Later we found out we did have to send it. Also, that Po means go.

12 scaly flippers:

Diwakar Sinha 11:18 am, April 22, 2009  

'proof of medium of language, sab ke lie hain ya, shudhu backward classes der jonno?'..:D
i can so definately relate..very interesting

dreamy 11:39 am, April 22, 2009  

=))

~Moo-lah Buz!nezzz~ 1:21 pm, April 22, 2009  

haha....but ive always felt tamil is one of the super coolest languages around.

vanilla sky 1:48 pm, April 22, 2009  

reminds me of a conversation my cousin had in similar context. Everytime he was having a confusion about an alphabet, like when if he asked T or D, he was bombarded with Tamil words like D for D.... , or T for T... !
I am wondering why you resorted to Hindi :O

Amazing Greys 5:51 pm, April 22, 2009  

haha, nice one. :))

Sumit 3:03 am, April 23, 2009  

hahaha... amazing experience!!!

Prince of Mirkwood 3:36 pm, April 23, 2009  

Using hindi was a wrong move...they'll even understand broken english (the trick is to cut out all prepositions and conjunctions), but hindi is something unheard of here! trust the guy with the first hand experience!

Smart Primate 1:58 pm, April 25, 2009  

agree with people here... Hindi was a wrong move... might have pissed the other chap off even more... :-P

ad libber 11:19 pm, April 25, 2009  

yes, hindi was a wrong move, but i wondered if i mixed up the languages, he might just catch on.

And the language is not Tamil.

J. Alfred Prufrock 5:24 pm, May 03, 2009  

Pozhi is "Go away, girl" in Tamil.

All in all, very useful word.

J.A.P.

Ibanov, Sir Rekaf 8:53 pm, May 20, 2009  

This was awesome. How come such things never happen to me? No seriously. A) You know a university of Poseidon which happens to be on land not on sea. B) You are seeking admission there. C) What an amazing conversation.

And what's wrong with Delhi and Bombay?

The Ancient Mariner 1:56 am, March 27, 2010  

hahaha....read two states by Chetan? something something illa illa!! :P

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