Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cows

The talk on one of our whatsapp groups turned to cows. That is to say, someone forwarded something about cows. Whatsappers are great forwarders of things and many of the things people keep forwarding to me appear to have existed forever, rather like the universe. I know there is a school of thought that believes the universe began as a little dot of very densely packed matter (like some of our suitcases), and suddenly erupted to fill up everything in sight (like some of our suitcases) and by this logic, there must have been a time when all the whatsapp messages in the universe were tightly packed into a little dot. But this would probably be 11.6 billion years ago, and anyway, all this discussion is deeply in the realm of metaphysics which you, dear reader, would judiciously choose to give a miss.

Coming back to the cows, the said whatsapp message dealt with how different economic systems would treat the possession of two cows. Between you and me, the thing went right over my head but the word 'cows' appearing so many times reminded me of the jolly old age when I was studying engineering and the class was being taught Basic Electrical Machinery by Shri K. J. Singh.

Shri Singh was a splendid chap, from the rustic heartland of Bihar, and while he was a great engineering mind, his accent was a little different from ours. Very few people understood anything of what he said (but that was also in part because most of us were singularly daft). However, everyone sat solemn and attentive in his class - he had a great personality - and wrote down everything that he said which sounded important.

So in one such class, he kept using the word cows. Some of the sharper chaps did find it odd - after all, cows and electrical engineering have little to do with each other - but everyone wrote it down faithfully in their lecture notes.

It was only many lectures later that we realized that the good man was saying 'cause'

7 comments:

Dinesh Kini said...

My brother had someone who kept using Dabloo as a reference and shortly figured out it was 'W'. He also said Aadum, for Adam.

ಸಂತೋಷ said...

When I was studying in PUC, ther was a lecture named Biradar. He used to say 'Is ther ' always at the end of every sentence and i used to write it down in notes !! ( being a Kannada medium student.

Deepak Misra said...

I thought this was going to be about your workshop answer sheet. Anwyay will not spoil the surprise in case you decide to blog about it.

Shenoy N said...

Haha, that MUST be told. Also the theory you proposed that KJS was actually Ganesha and vice versa

raj patil said...

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Saumya said...

Funny! Funny! Have some of my own :) Will blog them soon

Saumya said...

Funny! Funny! Have some of my own :) Will blog them soon