Thursday, May 26, 2016

ROFL

This problem started pretty early in my life.  Yes a very real life problem. 

My name always had some issues.  Right from the way it was registered in my baptismal certificate  to the way it appears in my educational credentials, I had some issue or the other.  I have given a really long winding note about the bumpy ride my name has gone through  here

In the days of yore, when rail tickets were booked by actually filling forms and waiting in long winding queues especially during our summer holidays,   never  once was my name printed right on the reservation chart of the trains.  Most of the time the V and Y never changed, but any possible alphabet out of the 24 remaining alphabets would have found their place between them and I always had a fancy name, embarrassing me during my teen years, especially in front of my brother, who called me by that sound, all through the journey. By the time I reached my late teens, I started looking forward to the newest way railways would re-christen me. 

By the time I got married, most problems about my name came to an end, with my Alias in my name gone, and I had a much simpler name – Vincy Joseph.  What a breather it was.  In a decade from then online transactions came  and these days I do not face much issues with my name.  or So, I thought. 

Until this afternoon. 

We have a Learning Retreat coming up next week for a large gathering in an external resort, and I am facilitating some learning activities for the team.  In fact, our team is going crazy organising this as the participants are travelling from near and far to attend, and this is an in-house workshop.  For my activities, I have given my requirements to my organising team, which are a bit complex and needs to be created from scratch by some carpenters.  The carpenter had a meeting today with the organising team, in a different office, and the team in turn were confirming my requirements over  phone with the carpenter in tow.

Requirements clarified, dates of delivery clarified, I had to check the sample.  The carpenter seems to live closer to my residence and so I was checking with him if he can come over during the weekend to confirm the samples.  All done.  Just about the disconnect the call. 

I heard the carpenter ask “  Madam peru ??”  ( translation Madam’s name?) 

Our PMO head was saying why don’t you write it down?  Her name is Vincy.

Then some stifled laughter, some sounds that I was not able to gauge. 

I heard my self ask my PMO, all okay?.  Again stifled laughter, Vincy, we will get back to you in a minute, please hold on. 

This carpenter must have gone out and the whole team was laughing loudly.  I am on the other end of the call not getting the hang of it. 

Then came the reply from the PMO  there, Vincy that guy wrote your name in Tamil, and it was misspelt and read as  Whiskey J J J 

Rolling on the floor, Laughing.

10 comments:

  1. Hee Ho Ho. Well, from now on, just like your brother, we shall call you Ms W for a while :):)

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    1. feel free to call me Ms. W, but dont add any adjectives like full half or quarter. :-) :-) :-)

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  2. everyone must've got good "kick" out of it :D en per kodumailam nejamvay kodumai...adhula kaamedi piece agarathu naan thaan :(

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    1. yeah that being a weekend, the carpenter must have had the right choice of words.

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  3. Ms W - what has happened to my comment ? Too much of a hangover , eh :):)

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    1. i guess so Mr. R. the weekend was long winding and the comments took a while to get uploaded LOL

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  4. Ha ha Vincy please come over for the weekend blast, your name is enough to get some much needed 'kick'....ROFL

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    1. Yes Rekha I can get people tipsy :-)

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  5. Whiskey, oh sorry Vincy! My name is big, but my problem is much smaller compared to yours! :) *giggling with hands over my mouth* I cannot wake my parents at this moment, definitely they would think I drank Whiskey, if I explain this to them! :D

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    1. so glad I got your laughing :-)

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