Saturday, October 10, 2009

Common problem

I have a fairly uncommon name and in fact an even more uncommon surname, therefore I never understood what troubles a person with a common name has to go through.This blog is an attempt to empathize with such a community.

I have this friend, lets call him 'Santa XYZ' - who has an extremely common combination of name and surname.At work, I pinged him once or twice with a 'hi' for some work, but he never responded. I was kinda foxed, and then in a bout of humour wrote "Santanaaa...tana nana... :D "[mimicking the very popular song from the bollywood movie 'Kaminey']. I still did not receive any response. After two or three such attempts, I was furious.

Next time I met him I gave him a piece of my mind.He immediately knew the problem and told me to add name2.surname for receiving a response from him.

Well,at office we can add contacts into Messenger by searching user id[the quicker way- the advanced search has more options]. The general trend of user ids is name.surname. However if they have duplicate names the system generates ids like name1.surname or name1.firstInitialOfSurname etc.I searched for the friend's name.surname and the application added it.

Santa also informed, that the name.surname id belongs to xyz who holds some very nice and scary sounding position in the company.


ps:- The name.surname person definitely has received worse messages.That's the only way I can explain my not losing my job.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Deafening silence...

A very long time back I had an argument with two close buddies on which of the following is a correct idiom "Deafening silence.." or "Deafening noise..". [I said both are correct with different meanings. They were against the first one arguing how can silence be deafening, asking me to explain what I meant].

The other day I was in a place which actually described what I meant to say and reminded me of that day in the hostel.These days my workplace is on the 13th floor of a building bang in the center of the IT hub in Kolkata.A very crowded place down below. But there is a corner on the 13th floor, on the way to the vending machine, away from the hustle bustle of the cubicles. Here you can only hear the mild hum of the AC vent. At night the view stretches far far away into the dazzling lights of this city.This place is my favourite when the head starts to pound from the everyday happenings around.

Deafening silence:-
A silence or lack of response that reveals something significant, such as disapproval or a lack of enthusiasm.