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  • communication Archives - Unreal Blog
    no place for a country girl like her but she wanted to go anyways prompted mainly by the fact that there was some project allowance involved and she could use any little bit that came her way Her family was quite poor She came from a small village called Murani near a larger village called Mallappalli Around the same time B Thulasidas better known as Appu also came to the High Ranges His familty wasn t all that poor and he didn t really need the extra money But he thought hey rowdy place anyway what the heck Well to make a long story short they fell in love and decided to get married This was some time in September 1962 A year later Sandya was born in Nov 63 And a little over another year and I came to be This whole stroy by the way is taking place in the state of Kerala in India Well that sentence was added just to put the links there just in case you are interested There is a gorgeous hill resort called Munnar meaning three rivers where my parents were employed at that time and that s where I was born Just before 1970 they and me which makes it we I guess moved to Trivandrum the capital city of Kerala I lived in Trivandrum till I was 17 Lots of things happened in those years but since this post is still and always will be work in progress I can t tell you all about it now In 1983 I moved to Madras to do my BTech in Electronics and Communication at IIT Madras They call the IITs the MIT of India only much harder to get in In my batch there were about 75 000 students competing for about 2000 places I was ranked 63 among them I m quite smart academically you see And as you can imagine lots of things happened in those four years as well But despite all that I graduated in August 1987 and got my BTech degree In 1987 after finishing my BTech I did what most IITians are supposed to do I moved to the states Upstate New York was my destination I joined the Physics Department of Syracuse University to do my PhD in High Energy Physics And boy did a lot of things happen during those 6 years Half of those 6 years were spent at Cornell University in Ithaca That was in Aug 1987 Then in 1993 Sept the prestigious French national research organization CNRS Centre national de la recherche scientifique hired me I moved to France to continue my research work at ALEPH CERN My destination in France was the provencal city of Marseilles My home institute was Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille or CPPM Of course I didn t speak a word of French but that didn t bother me much Before going to the US in 1987 I didn t speak much English Americanese

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  • hindi Archives - Unreal Blog
    and considered my English very good and a couple of years in France enough to know that very good English was no big deal So to get rid of the sari wala I started to talk to him in Hindi and the strangest thing happened it was all French that was coming out Not my mother tongue not my second or third language but French In short there was very confused sari salesman roaming the streets that day True there is some similarity between Hindi and French for instance in the sounds of interrogative words and the silly masculine feminine genders of neutral objects But I don t think that was what was causing the outpouring of Frenchness It felt as though French had replaced Hindi in my brain Whatever brain cells of mine that were wired up to speak Hindi badly I might add were being rewired a la franciaise Some strange resource allocation mechanism was recycling my brain cells without my knowledge or consent I think this French invasion in my brain continued unabated and assimilated a chunk of my English cells as well The end result was that my English got all messed up and my French never got good enough I do feel a bit sorry for my confused brain cells Karma I guess I shouldn t have confused the sari salesman Though spoken in jest I think what I said is true the languages that you speak occupy distinct sections of your brain A friend of mine is a French American girl from the graduate years She has no discernable accent in her Americanese Once she visited me in France and I found that whenever she used an English word while speaking French she had a distinct French accent It was as though the English

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  • humeur Archives - Unreal Blog
    might add were being rewired a la franciaise Some strange resource allocation mechanism was recycling my brain cells without my knowledge or consent I think this French invasion in my brain continued unabated and assimilated a chunk of my English cells as well The end result was that my English got all messed up and my French never got good enough I do feel a bit sorry for my confused brain cells Karma I guess I shouldn t have confused the sari salesman Though spoken in jest I think what I said is true the languages that you speak occupy distinct sections of your brain A friend of mine is a French American girl from the graduate years She has no discernable accent in her Americanese Once she visited me in France and I found that whenever she used an English word while speaking French she had a distinct French accent It was as though the English words came out of the French section of her brain Of course languages can be a tool in the hands of the creative My officemate in France was a smart English chap who steadfastly refused to learn any French at all and actively resisted any signs of French assimilation He never uttered a French word if he could help it But then one summer two English interns showed up My officemate was asked to mentor them When these two girls came to our office to meet him this guy suddenly turned bilingual and started saying something like Ce qu on fait ici Oh sorry I forgot that you didn t speak French communication French hindi humeur humor language French Humor Belle Piece September 27 2011 manoj Here is a French joke that is funny only in French I present it here as a puzzle to my English speaking readers This colonel in the French army was in the restroom As he was midway through the business of relieving his bladder he becomes aware of this tall general standing next to him and realizes that it is none other than Charles De Gaulle Now what do you do when you find yourself a sort of captive audience next to your big boss for a couple of minutes Well you have to make smalltalk So this colonel rakes his brain for a suitable subject Noticing that the restroom is a classy tip top joint he ventures Belle piece Nice room CDG s ice cold tone indicates to him the enormity of the professional error he has just committed Regardez devant vous Don t peek French humeur humor joke Creative French Humor La pauvre famille July 20 2008 manoj 2 Comments English version below Je connaissais une petite fille très riche Un jour son professeur lui a demandé de faire une rédaction sur une famille pauvre La fille était étonnée Une famille pauvre Qu est ce que c est ça Elle a demandé à sa mère Maman Maman qu est ce que c est une famille

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  • language Archives - Unreal Blog
    to show off my French connection and decided to take him under my wing One of the first things he wanted to do was to buy a car I suggested a used Peugeot 307 which I thought was a swanky car But this guy being a EU scholar was a lot richer than I had imagined He decided to buy a brand new Renault Megane So I took him to one of the dealers in Marseille on Blvd Michelet if memory serves The salesman a natty little French dude with ingratiating manners welcomed us eagerly The Greek friend of mine spoke to me in English and I did my best to convey the gist to the French dude The whole transaction probably took about 15 minutes or so and the Greek friend decided buy the car After the deal was all done and as we were about to leave the Frenchman says So where are you guys from and how come you speak in English in flawless English Well if not flawless much more serviceable than my French was at that point We chatted for a few minutes in English and I asked him why he didn t let it on that he spoke English It could ve save me a world of bother He said it was best to do business in French For him certainly I thought to myself Thinking about it a bit more I realized that it is always best to do business in whatever language that you are most comfortable in especially if the nature of the transaction is confrontational Otherwise you are yielding an undue advantage to your adversary So next time you are in Paris and that cabbie wants 45 euros for a trip when the meter reads 25 switch to English and berrate him before settling the issue It softens the target at the very least French language Email Flotsam Humor English as the Official Language of Europe September 12 2011 manoj The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications rather than German which was the other possibility As part of the negotiations the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has been accepted a five year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish Euro for short In the first year s will be used instead of the soft c Sertainly sivil servants will reseive this news with joy Also the hard c will be replaced with k Not only will this klear up konfusion but typewriters kan have one less letter There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome ph will be replased by f This will make words like fotograf 20 persent shorter In the third year publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters which

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  • Am I Pretentious? - Unreal Blog
    He was originally from China and had gone to the states as a graduate student Typically such first generation Chinese emigrants don t speak very good English But this guy spoke extremely well To my untrained ears he sounded pretty much identical to an American and I was impressed Later on I was sharing my admiration with a Chinese colleague of mine He wasn t impressed at all and said This guy is a phoney he shouldn t try to sound like an American he should be speaking like a Chinese who learned English I was baffled and asked him If I learn Chinese should I try to sound like you or try to hang on to my natural accent He said that was totally different one is about being pretentious the other is about being a good student of a foreign tongue When you call someone pretentious what you are saying is this I know what you are Based on my knowledge you should be saying and doing certain things in a certain way But you are saying or doing something else to impress me or others pretending to be somebody better or more sophisticated than you really are The implicit assumption behind this accusation is that you know the person But it is very difficult to know people Even those who are very close to you Even yourself There is only so far you can see within yourself that your knowledge even of yourself is always going to be incomplete When it comes to casual friends the chasm between what you think you know and what is really the case could be staggering In my case I think my friend found my writing style a bit pompous perhaps For example I usually write perhaps instead of may be When I speak I say may be like everybody else Besides when it comes to speaking I m a stuttering stammering mess with no voice projection or modulation to save my life But my writing skills are good enough to land me book commissions and column requests So was my friend assuming that I shouldn t be writing well based on what he knew about how I spoke Perhaps I mean may be However I really should start saying but instead of however there are a couple of things wrong with that assumption Everyone of us is a complex collage of multiple personas happily cohabiting in one human body Kindness and cruelty nobility and pettiness humility and pompousness generous actions and base desires can all co exist in one person and shine through under the right circumstances So can my weak articulation and impressive albeit slightly pretentious prose More importantly people change over time About fifteen years ago I spoke fluent French So if I preferred conversing with a French friend in his tongue was I being pretentious given that I couldn t do it five years before that time Ok in that case I really was but a few

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  • humor Archives - Page 4 of 4 - Unreal Blog
    sont allés au restaurant Ils ont commandé des chapatis Notre ami Ramu avec un peu de difficulté a réussi à en manger six Et il a dit Voilà donne moi mes cent roupies L autre lui a répondu Mais non Tu n as pas mangé les six chapatis quand ton estomac était vide Après le premier il n était plus vide Ramu était un peu bête mais il avait un bon sens de l humour et cette blague lui a bien plu Il est rentré chez lui et il a appelé tout le monde Venez écouter ce qui m est arrivé aujourd hui Je vais vous raconter une super blague Il a demandé a son frère Dis moi combien de chapatis est ce que tu peux manger quand ton estomac est vide Son frère a dit Boff dix Ramu était très deçu Ah raté Si tu m avais dit six j avais une super blague pour vous In English Indians eat a bread known as Chapatis much like the ubiquitous baguettes in France Once two Indian friends ran into each other By way of conversation one of them asked the other Tell me how many chapatis do you think you can eat on an empty stomach The other friend Ramu thought for a moment and said Well I would say six The first guy was incredulous No way man he said no way you can eat six Of course I can Want to put some money on it One hundred rupees With the deal struck our friends went to a restaurant in the evening Ramu started putting away chap atis With a bit a trouble he managed to eat six He then said triumphantly Pay up sucker gimme my hundred rupees The other guy replied Hold your horses cowboy You

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  • A Humbling Experience? - Unreal Blog
    Do they feel more humble than before because they achieved something splendid Do they feel as though they got something that they didn t quite deserve Is it a promise that they will not be proud or arrogant Or is it just something magnanimous to say now that people are finally listening to them I think truly humbling experiences are when people don t quite admit it I mean you don t see hobos and beggars going around saying that they are going through humbling experiences which they really are I just read about this smart girl who got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools and three other top universities in the states and guess what it has been a humbling experience for her And then there are those bozos who are well and truly humbled because they didn t make it to even those distance learning programs and they don t say anything about how humbling an experience it has been Well may be they do but nobody is listening On an unrelated note Winston Churchill who was far from humble once said of Clement Attlee that he Attlee was a humble man with much to be humble about I hope these high achievers are not feeling humble in the same sense Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click

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  • humbling experience Archives - Unreal Blog
    Debates SFN Science Forums Physics Philosophy The Unreal Universe Physics Philosophy Science Creative Books French Quotes Other Topics Environment WordPress Computers About About Unreal Blog About Me CV About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives humbling experience Humor Work and Life A Humbling Experience April 10 2015 manoj I keep hearing this phrase in all those acceptance speeches and interviews When somebody achieves something remarkable that they can truly and rightfully be proud of they invariably say it is a humbling experience What in the world does it really mean Do they feel more humble than before because they achieved something splendid Do they feel as though they got something that they didn t quite deserve Is it a promise that they will not be proud or arrogant Or is it just something magnanimous to say now that people are finally listening to them Continue reading humbling experience Munira Khalif Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank Screen after Hibernate or Sleep 20 948 views Stinker Emails A Primer 8 490 views Quant Life in Singapore 3 304 views Perception Physics and the Role

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