Telugu comes to the aid of Urdu Academy employees. Yes, this was precisely the case last week when some members of Urdu Academy Computer Centres and Libraries Employees Welfare Association went on a relay hunger strike demanding regularisation of services and payment of pending salary. Every day they kept issuing media releases, which were neatly typed not in Urdu but Telugu. Many presspersons were surprised at this incongruity. But the striking employees coolly replied that Telugu was best suited to bring matters to the notice of government. However, the irony of the situation left many wondering.
They say looks can be deceptive. But these days even soft drinks and other flavoured juices can also be deceptive. At a recent meeting with media persons, APSRTC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director B. Prasada Rao had a similar experience. After conducting a surprise visit at JBS, Mr. Rao addressed media persons in the Executive Director’s chambers.
During the course of his briefing, he was offered apple juice in a glass by the corporation authorities.
The colour of juice in the glass appeared like alcohol.
Even before the media persons’ eye brows could go up, Mr. Rao quipped “It is pure apple juice and can be consumed by children also. Don’t get misguided by its colour,” leaving the officers and media persons in splits.
It is no secret that politicians have ‘split personalities’! Lok Sabha MP Lagadapati Rajgopal affirmed to this when he recently remarked having cultivated two talking styles.
At a press conference to announce the Guinness Record of Ghazal Srinivas at a star hotel, the “Andhra Tiger” when invited to speak at the podium preferred doing so from his seat. “When I stand up, I speak in a different tone. When seated, a different language style comes out. Podiums are for public meetings. This one is a press conference, no?” he remarked to peals of laughter from journalists.
J.S. IFTHEKHAR, S. SANDEEP KUMAR and YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI