Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Just another of those days



(Quip: Came across this fwd pic from the ole days in India.(No,before you ask, that's not me in the carriage or pushing it.LOL)Wouldn't you have loved to travel in this 'train'?See the tracks,et al)
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The Art of Conversation:
Someone: Hello!
Me: Hello!
Someone: I calling from Building Materials Co
Me: Ok.
Someone: I want sell to you cement, structural steel.
Me: We do only MEP works. You need to contact a Civil works company
Someone: Ok. You pass the line to him
Me: Him? Who him? I said you need to contact a Civil works company.
Someone: Yes,yes! You pass line to Mr. Civil Works.
Me: You don’t understand. We do not buy this materials.
Someone: Ok. I will call Mr. Civil later.
Me: (Conceding defeat at trying to explain): Ok. Thank you!

(Me, after this conversation, looking skywards: “ Why, God, why me, of all people?”)
And,thus endeth another of the erudite conversations I have with suppliers of everything from safety shoes to swimming pools.
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That reminds me, google’s started a translation service. So, I tried the last two lines above, on their website. What I came up with is this:
और , इस प्रकार की एक अन्य endeth पांडित्यपूर्ण व्याख्याओं से वार्तालाप के आपूर्तिकर्ताओं के साथ मैं ने सब कुछ तरणताल से सुरक्षा के लिए जूते .
I wonder if they'll also have a site to translate shuddha(Pure) Hindi to simple Hindi?
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What would you worry about in case of a nuclear attack/ fall-out? Well, I’d be worried about the life of everyone near and dear, definitely, then about all other things. However, as per a report, British contingency planners are worried that there would be a dramatic shortage of tea in the aftermath of such an ‘event’ and would be ‘very serious’. Not even one ounce (28 grammes) per head would be ensured. “No satisfactory solution has been found yet”.
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Thought for the day: History is an illusion caused by the passage of time, and time is an illusion caused by the passage of history.
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‘Love’ly thought for the day:

The heart, like the grape, is prone to delivering its harvest in the same moment it appears to be crushed…Roger Houseden
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Confucius Says... "Man who sleep in cat house by day, in doghouse by night"
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Till next time,Cheers!!

8 comments:

Kunjal said...

Hi,I like reading ur posts and I find the link to google transalation website very interesting.

AmitL said...

Hi,Kunjal....thanks.:)I checked out ur site..u're not updating these days?

Keshi said...

**The heart, like the grape, is prone to delivering its harvest in the same moment it appears to be crushed…Roger Houseden

omg I love that one!

Keshi.

Arunima said...

was it Hindi? I did not understand anything.

I like that thing about the heart and grapes. Why not water melons? :-)

AmitL said...

Hi,Keshi..yep,I loved that one,too..the simile is too good.
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Arunima,LOL-you're worse than me-I understood 50%.:)LOL-will have to check for quotes on watermelons.:)

Sweetstickychewy said...

oh gosh i remember those kinda of conversations! totally dread it but for courtesy sake ....i try to be nice! but argh!

And i love your lovely thought of the day! True.:)

austere said...

You can still find these kind of gadis on western railway- they're used for inspecting the track. Koi jaan pehchaan?

AmitL said...

Hi,Amy...thank heavens-someone else also has had such conversations..I thought I was the only one!
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Hi,Austy-ah,yes...I remember-but,now they're motorized,na?No-one pushes them...wish I had some jaan pehchaan there..would love to travel on them someday.:)