TheSoulfulVixen and I were talking a few days ago about one of her favorite television show called Outsourced. I gamely viewed the links she gave me thinking that it’s just a common comedy flick that we normally see on the tube… You know… the usual boring ones… :p Surprisingly, the show proved to be totally hilarious!
That brought me down towards the memory lane and made me remember two similar scenarios in my previous work.
Setting: I was seated next to Jay, one of my colleagues, when I heard him raise his voice while talking on the phone.
Below were the two scenarios that transpired:
Jay called the office in Hyderabad, India to discuss some business related issues.
He caught my attention when he slightly raised his voice and he suddenly used Indian accent while conversing with the Indian fellow on the other line. I was doing my best to suppress a loud laugh while staring at him. He did it in a very suave manner that he sounded like an Indian. Whoa! Jay’s absolutely amazing!
After the call, I asked what prompted him to do that and Jay said he was somewhat offended when the guy from India told him that he cannot understand him because his (Jay’s) accent was so thick. Thus, Jay mimicked him instead of getting mad at the Indian guy and certainly, the conversation went smoothly.
Smart move Jay!
Just a thought… if the Indian guy thinks that Jay’s accent was so thick, how does he describe his own accent then? Oppsie! No pun intended!
Jay transferred a call to Hyderabad, India. Of course, whether in a personal or a business call, It’s the protocol to know the name of the person that you are speaking with.
The conversation went like this:
Pretty: Thank you for calling, my name is Pretty. How may I help you today? Jay: Hi, I’m Jay from _______. Sorry, your name again? Pretty: Hi Jay, my name is Pretty. Jay: Sorry, can you spell it for me? Pretty: P for Panama
R for Rome
E for England
T for Thailand
T for Thailand
Y for Yuguslavia
Jay: Oh! Are you Pretty? Pretty: Yes Jay, I’m Pretty.
I was laughing so hard while listening to their conversation.
I still burst into soft giggle whenever I remember the above scenarios. Ha!