I have been a big fan of the sitcom ‘Friends’. I can random watch any episode I come across, re watch like 20 times and still laugh. In one of the episodes, they show Joey, getting very overwhelmed by the talk the other friends carry out. And so he decides to buy an encyclopedia and then he trys to steer the conversation to that particular topic he has read about. Unfortunately, he is not a big success.
I have these Joey moments very often in my life.
Like go to a get together. Until the cake cutting everything is fine, and suddenly everyone starts talking politics. I follow a bit of politics but when people start going to specifics, it all goes above my head. At this stage, you will see me either trying to steer the conversation to how Prof Dumbledore was one of the most political person in the HP universe but never seemed like a politician or you could see me nodding my head to everything and everyone without opening my mouth.
Or lets say, I go to a conference. I rarely agree to go, but if I HAVE to, I am fine till the conference involves listening to presentations of other people. When it comes to networking, I am a total failure. But if I actually get the courage to join a group of people discussing the improvements in the economy of the world, and put in my two piece, I realise that eventually the topic has moved to whether Siberia really needs ice making machines in bulk or not. And I am Joey-ed as usual. I have no clue what people are talking about. You can either find me trying to get the conversation to discuss on whether the HP universe really needed a finance minister to keep track of the kind of losses the Dementors caused to the muggle world, or you could see me nodding my head to everything and everyone without opening my mouth.
Or lets say, I am discussing something with a person of academic background. For a while, I can related to all the one million equations I learnt in my engineering including Bernoulli’s equation. But suddenly they start talking about how the Ramanujan prime and function needs to be reworked in mathematical as well as physical terms or something in those lines. At this stage, you can either find me steer the conversation to why pi is actually not related to life of pi but is a number which has a lot of fascinating implications as given by Dan Brown in Da Vinci code, or you could see me nodding my head to everything and everyone without opening my mouth.
Or lets say, people tell jokes. I have no clue what the jokes mean, and then since everyone is laughing you end up smiling with absolutely NO clue what the joke mean. I feel so ‘Joeyish’ then. In most cases, I just ask RD to translate it for me. Him, being him, who married me in sickness, health and joke explanation, just teaches me what the joke means. And after that also I dont laugh 😦
And then there are times when I go to meet a friend with RD. and then RD and this friend and everyone else in the room starts talking football. Now I do get a bit of football thanks to the years spent with RD, but I have pretty much superficial knowledge. Like okay, there is defence and there is attack and stuff. Then people start taking random names, and discussing why Rooney is a better player than Randolf or something like that. Some discussions become so passionate that I feel, even if I started dancing on Chikni chameli, people wont bother looking at me. In these cases, I just remember Joey, sympathise with him and keep quiet.
Or movies. Honestly, thats a topic I can hardly contribute to. Yes I can identify an Irfan Khan from an Aamir Khan but in most cases, my only contribution to such conversations is, ‘Really, so who did you say is the hero? Oh wait, I think I have heard of that heroine? Is she the same in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? Oh no! okay sorry, got confused’ or something in those lines. And if its a discussion on Hollywood movies, I JUST shut up!
And then books. I tell people I am an avid reader. But my reading is pretty much restricted to fiction. So imagine a room full of people (virtual room) discussing the latest writings of a write say Mr. Ihaveneverheardhimever and telling how they enjoyed ALL his books and since I read a lot,I must have read Book number 22 of his. I stare at them and confess my lack of knowledge. They look at me in surprise, shake their head in despair and CONTINUE to discuss book no. 62 now 😦 I feel so so Joey-ish then.
Any other Joeys out there in the blogworld?