JournalismPakistan.com June 5, 2013
Have you ever waved at someone at an airport and found he wasn’t waving at you but at someone behind you and you kind of fold your half hand like a napkin and feel foolish as you pick up where you left off, that silly grin still on your face.
I do it so often and I have never discovered why it happens to me so regularly…I am always in that half position of recog-not recog that makes you feel like a prize idiot.
And have you ever jumped forward at a party to greet someone with great enthusiasm because you think you know him and he resembles that person except that you then realize, oops, wrong call, not the same person, no clue and you sort of withdraw into the shadows and he is looking at you oddly like who is this person and you spend the rest of the evening avoiding him.
And what about mistaking someone for someone else and cheerfully rambling on saying all the wrong things and dropping bricks oblivious to the fact that this is the wrong gum tree you are climbing.
And that awful sensation of pressing ‘send’ on an email written in a rush of righteous rage and you wish you could get it back but there is nothing you can do and now there will be consequences and shouldn’t computer science have a ‘stop-it’ button that holds mails for five minutes till you chill and get your bearings.
And what about those ‘guess who’ people on the other side of the line or worse, those who launch into a convo without identifying themselves and you are struggling to figure out who you are talking to and you can do 10 minutes of this and put the phone down and still not have got the answer.
Not to mention the one who gives her name and you are still blank but you haven’t the nerve to ask ‘Riva who’ so you string along some meaningless hoping you’ll hit gold but you don’t.
And the supermarket crossover especially with men greeting ladies because you know them except they aren’t party dressed and all made up so there is this “I know this lady” sensation but I know her party avatar not her ‘shopping hair in a bun no make-up’ mode so who is she?
Echo answers who especially when she gives you a 8.5 hellloooo and you just cannot put your finger on it.
Have a nice weekend.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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