Monday, September 19, 2016


                  A child studying in the first standard developed severe fever at night. His mother searched the shelf for a pediatric syrup of paracetamol. But the bottle was almost empty. She had a stock of tablets of paracetamol (500 mg). The child liked plantains very much. His mother broke a tablet into halves, peeled a plantain carefully and pushed one half of the tablet (250 mg) into the plantain. She covered the fruit with the peel and gave it to the child. Later, to know whether her trick had worked, she asked him, “How was the plantain, dear?” He replied, “The plantain was delicious, Mommy, but the seed was bitter. So I spat out the seed and ate the fruit.”
                           A vain lady asked the Vicar, “Father, today I spent a lot of time before the mirror, watching my image and wondering how beautiful I am. Is that misbehaviour, Father?” The Vicar 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, 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, Alfeen Public School, Kanjirappally, Kerala, India. 
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