Well , to solve your doubts , this isnt a class 4 child writing its handwriting homework but these are the disorganised thoughts that flash in my scattered mind on every Sunday morning !!
Every day is an ‘ok ok’ day for me but I wake up on Sunday with full enthusiasm. REASON – You all know it’s the meetup day with our folks of SHG.
Sunday sharp 10 am , Cubbon park ! …… Now I know , Dinesh might exclaim WHAT! HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON TIME TO SHG !!. Well , let me not worry about answering that now !
This Sunday , as usual I played badminton with my friends but dear(?!) Akash and Nishil didn’t turn up although they had promised to do so. After playing for an hour , I left for the meeting and I could see only 3 groups of 2 people speaking with themselves in our usual spot.
Just think ,… everytime I come to shg , there is a group of 10-15 people sitting in a circle. But I was surprised and taken aback to see 3 groups of 2 people standing far away from each other and speaking to themselves for a long time. Anyone would think there is something amiss.
But later i got to know that it was the “Introduce the other person ” round. This is where one person would introduce another person, unlike everytime , where we introduce ourselves !
So , Akash and Rohit went first, then Nishil and lohith introduced each other. Dinesh and reuben introduction gave us some startling truths( about our dear dinesh). Then it was my turn and I was given the job of introducing Pramod ( He missed the SHG on that day ) . After this , since Tapan joined us all last , he told us the things he knows about everyone in the group.
Takeaways from this round !
1) We learn more about the other person.
2) We learn to introduce others and give some more work to our brain.
3) Surprisingly , some of us introduced others better than the way they would introduce themselves !! 😉
Then the next round was a new one rather than the usual table topics , speech etc. We were told to make back to back ( to back … ) calls to someone enquiring anything of our choice and getting the best rates out of them.
Just dial came to our rescue and after we enquired about one thing , calls started pouring on our mobiles. One of the group member got so fed up that he didn’t even stop to ask their names and was jumping to get the quotes. ( Sorry for the over-exaggeration )
Some enquired about hotel buffet rates , some hotel lodging rates and others the car of our choice. We spoke continuously for half an hour or more ,that people walking through the park got surprised seeing 8 people speaking at a time on phone. (… facing different directions and highly engrossed in talk ). It was a sight to watch !
Later we spoke about what we enquired about , what their response was and what was the least quote we could get. Finally it was a good experience and a lesson on how to save money by negotiating.
Thinking about that now , I feel that it was
‘Father’ Dinesh’s trick to get us thinking about quotes and to forget stammering. We were so involved in asking prices and speaking to different people that i don’t think anyone cared if they stuttered or not.
Yes , isnt it everyones experience that when we are engrossed in something , we forget everything including “the s t a m m e r i n g “
After meet: Five of us went for lunch in a nearby hotel , occasion being AKASHs birthday. We also visited nearby Gurudwara.
PS : I am still getting calls to come and test drive Mahindra e2o electric car, thanks to SHG . 😀