Tough to Ignore!

Some people are such attention seekers that if ignored, they either turn violent or they slip into infinite depression which asks for all the more attention!  

Let me introduce to you one such attention freak, who craves for consideration; but is neglected big time! The side effect of this negligence is the endless blabbering which the listener should take pitifully, though not by choice!

Last week, I was at my friend’s wedding in Chennai where we friends gathered at the breakfast counter catching up on things. We were discussing work, coding, job changing, stocks, family and everything else that mattered to us.

…while like a Gyan Guru, this Mr. Uncle, an uninvited guest to our conversation was incessantly commenting on our statements.

I: So, where are you trying next? Why don’t you consider coming to Bangalore?
Friend 1: Yes yes, Bangalore is in the list of my preferences.
Mr. Uncle: What is there not in Chennai? So, are you mad to leave Chennai?
I: But uncle, what I meant is…
Mr. Uncle:
You software people are idiots. You don’t even realize that cost of living is high in Bangalore.
You got me wrong uncle… (Forget it; lemme not explain and make it complicated)
Friend 2:
I have interviewed with a product company. Have done…
Mr. Uncle: Didn’t even hear of that before! You should work with Wipro or Infosys. The future of India lies in these 2 companies.
Friend 2: But uncle, my domain is…
Mr. Uncle: This is what happens if you booze and have fun in engineering college. You will not even have a domain at work!
Friend 2: ???!!!!! (Before I leave Chennai, I am going to kill this old man)
Wow… look who is coming; Pinky looks so stunning!
Mr. Uncle: What stunning? Girls look good only in Kancheepuram sarees. And only fools will comment this way at a saree that looks like cobweb!
We: Looked at each other not knowing what to say!
Uncle, you look nice in this shirt. Did you get it from here?
Mr. Uncle: I know you girls would have taken hours to polish your faces. But that doesn’t mean I should return the compliment, right?!
We: Grrr….rrr…
By the way Uncle, where is the groom’s house?
Mr. Uncle: Where all do you know in Chennai?
I: Errr… Just wanted to know if…
Mr. Uncle: Do you know where T.Nagar is? Do you know Vadapalani? Do you know Mount Road? Do you…
I: In worst of my smiles wanting to smash his shining bald head!
Mr. Uncle: Some people… for the sake of asking something, they come up with insignificant dumb questions; to waste others' time!
We: Turned our backs and ran away!

I am sure; even you would have bumped into “I know everything” characters like Mr. Uncle. Do you have any experiences to share?! 


Harish said...

Hm... Very true. a sad and unfortunate truth. but very true.

Nona said...

Talking about "product company", a friend of mine recently went through his ordeal.

He was working for a major company well known in India along with me... ahem ahem..! :) So, he got an offer with 80% hike in a well known MNC and 90% hike in a upcoming MNC (a product company) in the telecom domain!

While he was excited, his parents weren't! They asked him to continue with current company! In case he wants to leave, take 80% hike with the well known MNC. His excitement was deflated in seconds.

In case you are curious, he finally too 90% hike with the upcoming MNC!

g2 said...

I am surprised he did not give medical advice... your hair is thinning... buy "Lyka Jasmine Oil" or you should lose weight... "drink lemon and honey with warm water" and of course some people give the best career advice... "you are in IIT? write CAT and do an MBA in IIM.. that is the best thing to do"

Dr Roshan R said...

such a wonderful gem of a person.. such a nice example of justifiable homicide :)

Vidya said...

vadi koduthu adi vaangi!!!!
really felt bad for that Ms "I"!!!!
but on second thoughts, bundle of stories for blogging collected na??

btw, you came to chennai and left without meeting us....very bad shalu!!!

Vidya said...

The main problem is that such people always feel that the younger generation is always irresponsible, incapable, absent minded, spoilt brats and they commit mistakes if not guided and corrected by them.....

and you know what, when they tirelessly nag behind other people, they forget to teach their own children!!!!

anyways, i dont have much experience with such people because, i prefer to keep my mouth shut when they open their mouths to teach me......

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@ Harish - unfortunate to be in the company of such a person; that is what you meant, right?! :)

@ Nona - yeah; a typical example!

@ g2 - Had we stayed there for some more time; he would have advised me on a lot of things!

@ Roshan - exactly! :)

@ Chechi - sorry; i couldn't inform u when we were in Chennai! :P :P
And yes; it was indeed a 'vadi koduthu adi vaangal' paripadi! :) Your strategy is the best - keeping mouth shut! :)

lostworld said...

Oh dear..what a pain!! And it never seemed to end. Some real teeth-gnashing moments for you all.

Rohan said...

Lolz!! They are the free advise giving people!! I know some teachers like dat. . If they catch anyone falling asleep in their class, they'l start talking about the late night calls, relationships and start advising the unfortunte guy!! They just don't realise its coz of the boring lecture people fall asleep!!

Shiva said...

Best thing to do is listen to them, laugh it off and then post it on the blog as you have done Shalini :)

blunt edges said...

LOL...now that's entertaining...though surprised u didn't leave early!

$$ said...

@ lostworld - you said it bang on, dear! :)

@ Rohan - yeah! even i have had such lecturers! If u don't pay attention to class, they blame the bike on which u commute to college! Still figuring out the relationship! :P :P

@ Shiva - Hehehe... it is a joy to post when having such nice friends who would read and drop a comment!

@ blunt edges - I shud have; but no regrets cos I came up with this post! :)

Jon said...

Lovely guy...

so u r a coder too...OMG

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