Friday, June 6, 2014


                      A boy was visiting the zoo for the first time. He was accompanied by his father. The boy was much excited and was discussing with his father the different types of animals they would see in the zoo.
                       They reached the gates of the zoo and moved to the counter where the tickets for entry into the zoo were sold. The father gave the cash to the person inside the counter through a narrow window and asked for two tickets- one senior and one junior. The officer quickly extended his arm through a hole in the counter and gave the tickets and the exact balance as cash. The boy was watching the scene with excitement. He asked aloud, “Father, that ape in the counter knows arithmetic too. He is so intelligent!”
                       A vain lady asked a priest, “Father, today I spent a lot of time before the mirror, watching my image and wondering how beautiful I am. Is that misbehaviour, Father?” He told her, “Your action has a different name. It was not misbehaviour; it was a case of misunderstanding!”  
                       A young man had to return alone to the place of his work in a distant country, a week after his wedding. He wrote his first loving letter to his beloved wife with his own hands to give it a personal touch. In the letter, he addressed her as ‘my better half.’ But unfortunately, he had a very bad and illegible handwriting. She read his loving address as: MY BITTER HALF’. That initiated a quarrel which gradually intensified and ended in their divorce.
                        A moment of misunderstanding or misinterpretation may be very disastrous and may make a couple forget the millions of memorable moments spent together.             
                        It is wrong to draw conclusions until we know all the facts. His Grace the Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan and former Head of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, once remarked humorously, “Three unmarried girls are responsible for most of the troubles in the world. These miscreants  are: Misunderstanding, Misinterpretation and Misrepresentation.” Because these three words start with ‘Mis’, they were described humorously by the Metropolitan as ‘Miss’ troublemakers.

© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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