Greek v/s Geek



Greek: Why hello there!

Geek: Hello is there so that humans can greet each other. It is usually the first word people say when they pick up the phone. Talking of phones, Graham bell was supposed to have invented the telephone. But some claims state that he had actually stolen the invention from one Elisha Grey.

By the way, you missed proposition ‘is’. You should have said ‘Why is hello there’. But this is a common mistake most non-native English speakers make. Talking of which where are you from?

Greek: I’m Kyra from Greece.

Geek: Kyra, an interesting name! In Greek, it means Lord or Lady. It is of Egyptian origin meaning ‘Like Ra’. Ra of course is the Egyptian sun God, the oldest of the Egyptian Gods. The myth of his journey through the 12 hours of the night is a fascinating one.

Kyra is also the name of a simple, fully featured, industrial strength Sprite engine written in C++. The Kyra engine is suited to 2D, isometric, and quasi-3D games. By the way gaming is a passion for me – both creating and playing them. What do you like to do?

Greek: I like to go outdoors to have fun in the sun, play some volley ball with my friends and relax with a nice cold drink

Geek:  Nice rhyme – fun and sun! Bun, dun, gun, pun and run are a few other words that rhyme with these words. Let us try to make a sentence with all these words. I was eating a bun in the sun and having fun, when a dun came after me with a gun and I had to run. There was no time for a pun though. Who can think of a pun or to have fun in the sun, when a dun is after you with a gun? All you can think of is to drop the bun and run in the sun.

But if I run in the sun, my pale skin will turn dun. So there is no escape from the dun either ways. Now that is a pun! In case you don’t know, dun can mean a debt collecting agent or a brownish color. If you keep playing volleyball in the sun, your skin should also have turned dark. How come it is so fair?

Greek: All thanks to Lakme Sun expert.

Geek: Sun expert? Who is he? Must be a hot shot scientist! And what is a Luckmy? A newly discovered solar system? So much research still remains to be done on our own sun and there are folks researching suns of other systems?

Greek: No, no. It has nothing to do with the sun. Lakme is a brand.

Geek: Ah! I get it. It is a brand of cold drink? Is that what you are relaxing with? Cold drinks do help you beat the heat, eh?

Greek: It is not a cool drink. It is a fairness cream.

Geek: Wow! They are now bottling fairness and selling it as creams? I am sure it must be selling like hot cakes. That is possibly the only place fairness can be found in today’s world.

Greek: I mean sunscreen. Stuff that protects my skin from the effects of the sun.

Geek: I get it. So what are your plans for the summer?

Greek: This summer, I’m going have fun in the sun on an exotic beach.

Geek: Exotic beach? That sounds interesting. I am interested in knowing how an exotic beach is different from a normal beach. Will the sand be green and the water pink? Will there be flying pigs, dancing monkeys and singing donkeys performing there?

Greek: Err… I don’t know all that. All I know is I am going to have fun thanks to Lakme skin expert.

Geek: What kind of fun, may I ask dear? I am having fun right here in front of my computer. What more fun can you have in the beach?

Greek: It can't be explained. It has to be experienced. I am fun loving, enjoy my music and love travelling. And I am going to live it up on the beach.

Geek: Leave it up? Leave what up? Only thing I can think of is hot air. So you are planning to sit in the hot beach drinking some cold aerated drink and leaving out hot air? Doesn’t exactly sound like my idea of fun.

Greek: (Putting on a pout) You are just impossible. No use talking to you! Can you even imagine the kind of fun I am having? Lakme Sun Expert has allowed me to be bitten by wanderlust and have all the outdoor fun I want whilst staying sun protected.

Geek: What is this wanderlust? Some kind of super bug? Whatever it is I don’t care to be bitten. Don’t these Lakme guys have a cream to protect you from being bitten by these bugs as well? I just have to leave the windows open in the night and I can also have indoor fun being bitten by mosquitoes while staying sun protected if that is what fun means.

Greek (Puffed up with earnesty): But staying indoors how can you enjoy sunshine like never before? See what you have done to yourself. What is the use reading so much about about technology, science, space travel, aliens and all that? You look so thin, wizened and pale. Combined with your large spectacles, you look like an alien yourself. Have you ever had a boy friend? Or for the matter has any dude passing by even given you a second look? What do you have to show at the end of the day for all your so called intellectual pursuits in the darkness of your room?

Geek (suddenly breaks down into tears): Yes. You are right. Sunshine has been lacking in my life all this while. Give me some sunshine. Give me some rain. Give me another chance to grow up once again.

Greek: Here take this tube of sun screen, apply it on your skin and go out and enjoy the sunshine without getting sun burnt. What more, the wax in the cream makes your skin waterproof too. So you can enjoy the rain as well  without getting wet. You will get another chance to grow up once again. 

Geek (Beaming): Thanks Kyra. Thanks Lakme for giving me one more chance. This time I will grow up once again and turn out to be a stunning beauty who will be every hunk’s dream.

Posted for Contest sponsored by Lakme. This is their facebook page. The picture has also been taken from there.


50 comments:

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

Loved the balance of satire and information. I can see equal measure of both the geek and the Greek in me.

The Fool said...

Thanks Subho. Nice to see you back on my blog.

C. Suresh said...

Hi TF! Superb! Loved those bits like 'diff betn exotic beach and normal beach':) You seem to have turned to satire totally:)

Rohu said...

hAHAHAH!!! coolness! :)loved the style..

The Fool said...

Thanks, CS. Actually I find these effortless too. Other types feel more like hard work.

The Fool said...

Thanks, Rohu.

indu chhibber said...

Excellent humor-great post.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Indu.

Leo said...

Wow.. that's some wonderful mix of humor and information, like Subho says.. :) Kyra is talented in selling the product too huh?

Antara said...

Hahaha!!! Lovely humour! :) Always love reading your satire ;)

The Fool said...

Thanks, Leo. She has to be, right? She only will be selling the Lakme products.

The Fool said...

Thanks Antara. Will be write more satire in the coming days.

Ritvik Gautam said...

HATS OFF!!
I'm your fan!

DS said...

LOL. Impressively written TF. Enjoyed the humor, classy!

Dee said...

Haha innovative and impressive satire !

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Ritwik.

The Fool said...

Thanks for the continues support, DS.

The Fool said...

Thanks Dee. Welcome back to blogging. Been missing you.

Nitin Verma said...

Okay, here comes the most critical of my comments ever...
Innovative, funny, very cool..but, it was somehow dull for your general writing.
For one, the character of Kyra was hollow, Grand Canyon hollow, understandable as its a brand marketing fiction, they are the most unimaginative of em all.
Secondly, the Geek was an enclyclopedia in the start, funny. but I expect him to atleast know what a facial cream is! you tried to take Sheldon to the extreme but even Sheldon knows stuff like that...
Thirdly, the convincing part was very quick..not good...
p.s. sorry again for being a reviewer here but again honest opinion is good for the blog's health :P

The Fool said...

Hi Nitin. Appreciate your taking out time to give detailed feedback. But you should understand genres. These posts are not like singer or my short stories. Singer is an attempt to bring humor in a decent story line. These are more like caricatures and should be viewed as such. Not to be analyzed too literally as long as the laughs are coming and makes you think a bit here and there.

Neha said...

Nice post TF and I hope you have fun by receiving a bun in the shape of a contest called Lakme and the sun!!

Okay, that was a lame attempt compared to yours!! :P

jaish_vats said...

Hi TF

Enjoyed that post a lot!! Good Luck for the contest...Loved the words on exotic beach ha ha

Bhavana said...

Lol!!! I think at times I am Geeky having most of the fun before the computer:) How do you keep churning out stories like this?

AmitAag said...

...'classy' satire! enjoyed your style:)

The Fool said...

Thanks, Neha. Nice attempt.

The Fool said...

Thanks jaishree and welcome to my blog.

The Fool said...

@Bhavana - I thought you are a total outdoor girl - bike trips and all that. Thanks. Glad that you like my stories.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Amitaag.

Prasad N said...

ha ha... very different...loved reading it.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Prasad.

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

Interesting conversation, indeed.

The Fool said...

Thanks, Anupama.

lIl hIgH said...

That rhyming sentences had me in splits. Enjoyed reading it. Loved the satire in the post. Lovely blog you have maintained here.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot III hIgH.

TTT said...

lol ! enjoyed reading it ...it was quite refreshing to read ....

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot TTT.

Arvind Passey said...

Frankly, found the post too direct... too desperate to win... quite unlike the creative elements you generally let loose! Anyway, all the best for the contest. :)

The Fool said...

Thanks for taking time to read, Mr. Passey. You may be right. Think you missed some finer nuances in the post though. Would be glad to discuss the same with you some time.

Elvira Lobo(Elli) said...

lovely woven words and narrative:)...Keep up the good work:)

N.S.Kirti said...

the geeky girls is damn interesting. loved that bun,sun,fun,dun,gun pun :P
meanwhile, i sit and wait for geek to turn into a stunning beauty as you walk off with the prize :P
great post TF and congos on your first win :)

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Elvira.

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Kirti.

TTT said...

loved the conversation .... a simple message put across in such a nice way ... you got me humming " give me some sunshine "

a nice way to start the day :)

The Fool said...

Thanks, TTT. Surprised to see your comment again though.

umashankar said...

Karthik, I have roasted my backside trying to ignore Kyra posts but then a piece written by you had to be read, after all! All I can say, is hey, thanks for the bheja-fry! ;)

The Fool said...

Thanks umashankar. I did not get the beja fry reference though. Hope it was complimentary.

Sheldon Coelho said...

Love the versatility in your writing. Great stuff.

Cheers,

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, Sheldon.

Someone is Special said...

Congrat TF! You won two more prizes!!! And you deserve more..

Someone is Special

The Fool said...

Thanks a lot, SIS. Good wishes from people like you are what is making me win and the good wishes are more important than the prizes.

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