The Lost Art of Holding a Conversation

Being a conversationalist, I enjoy a discussion on just about any topic. I find having conversations about anything and everything under the Sun not only triggers thought and results in exchange of information but, it also gives one food for thought to introspect and look at things in more than one way. I find talking things out not only to be therapeutic but, also enlightening.

Sadly, nowadays people value conversation less than cheap cologne, debating is misconstrued as arguing, discussions transform into gossip sessions and dialogues often become monologues. I find there is an increasing gap between those who are actually open to exchanging ideas and finding solutions and those who just want to shove their opinions down one’s throat. Isn’t the whole point of a conversation taking away something indelibly constructive, something that helps us piece the larger puzzle called life or am I missing something?

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory. – Emily Post

Often, when a group of girls start talking, it seems kinder to throw myself out of an adjacent window than endure the hateful gossip and bitching that ensues. Guys are not far behind, in fact guys can be nastier than girls when it comes to gossiping! Cattiness, thy name is gossip!

Another sad fact is with the advent of Social networking Sites, organic conversation has taken quite a hit. Facebook chatting and Skype never really seem the same and often when one meets a pal or actually talks to them on the phone after a long, long time, conversation is muted and awkward.

Moving on to body language during conversation; People hardly maintain eye contact, fiddle around and seldom display any interest if the conversation doesn’t involve gossip or dirty little secrets or confessions. Not only does this make the other person feel like they’re not being taken seriously, it also makes one doubt the interest factor and the validity of the discussion!

Also, why do folk keep talking about useless stuff like movies or music? I don’t think discussing movies and what-not is insipid but, it’d be great to discuss something worthwhile once in a blue moon! Why don’t people like discussing things like society, politics, philosophy or art? And, every time one initiates a slightly serious topic, either the topic is changed or turns into a mud slinging fest. For instance, try talking about politics and the ‘Obamacare‘ bashing begins.

At the end of the day, sometimes I just want to have a meaningful conversation about something meaningful – a heartfelt one-on-one about something not related to Taylor Swift’s newest song about her newest ex-boyfriend.

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Things that Piss Me Off

Hey guys!

It’s been a while since I made a list. All of us have pet peeves and things that annoy us. Some of us are pretty chilled out while some of us are purdy damned finicky! I think I’m kinda in-between, most things I let go but, some things just drive me up the wall! Here’s a list of stuff that really makes me want to punch someone in the face! So, beware amigos!

Idiots Driving Rashly

See, fella, we’re all in a hurry, there’s no need to honk endlessly and cuss and flip the ol’ bird! If you’re so eager to get to your destination, why did you not start earlier, fatass? Get off the road and buy a ‘copter or something and stop irritating us!

People Who Want to Stop and Chat When I’m Working Out

Um, I waved at you as we passed and you made eye contact, said ‘Hi’ and motioned I was walking, didn’t I? Then why the fuck are you blocking my path – and a moment not too soon, my favorite workout track just came on! Aaargh!! Just stay in your lane and walk, damn it! No, I don’t want to know what XYZ did and I’m not interested in telling you what I’m up to in the middle of my calorie-burn routine! Jeeezus!

Slow Internet

Few things are more irritating than slow internet. Slowly loading videos, half-loaded pages, requests ‘timing out’, hitting ‘refresh’ endlessly. REALLY. MAKES. ME. MAD.

Gossip in ‘That’ Tone

Now, everyone gossips. But, malicious gossip – especially in hushed tones or spoken with a vengeful tone is another thing. It makes me hate the Gossip and I hardly pay attention to the gossip. There’s so much negative passionate emotion that the Gossip is emanating, embellishment of facts is inadvertent. Also, s/he may just be seeking solace in spreading mean and untrue stuff about said person.

Pompous Asses

Two-bit hypocrites who toot their own horns make me go deaf and I really want to yell at them! You’re not thaaat great, asshole! Sure, you’ve done some commendable stuff and we admire that but, don’t remind us of your ‘All-India Judo-Karate Gold Medal – under 17′ every two minutes. Because. I. Will. Hit. You.

New ‘Magic Actions’ for Youtube

Aaaarghhh! This stupid feature is making me mad! Not only does my video screen automatically ‘darken’ for “a visual treat”, it messes up my settings, keeps on asking me to change to ‘X’ to ‘Z’ and automatically keeps logging me out!! WTF, Youtube? Get your shit together, damnit!

Stupid Ads on YT, TOI, Every Other Damned Place

To watch a 2 minute video, I have to endure Atul Kasbekar’s mile long nose, hirsute three-fourths’ clad legs and his toothy, lopsided grin for 1:48 minutes! IS THIS FAIR ON UNSUSPECTING NUBILE MINDS LIKE OURS?

Female Dumbasses

Really, when is the Supreme Force going to stop churning out vapid beauties or worse, vapid non-beauties? I don’t think I’ll be able to stop lashing out at another bimbo in stilts complaining of low ceilings.

Judgmental Assholes

Seriously, show yourselves out. I don’t need your stupid opinion or your useless judgment on what is, what ought to be and how things were. Nobody’s playing by your rules. They suck. So do you. Just fuck off.

People Who Encourage Stupidity

If I come across another set of parents praising their kid’s stupid shit, I am going to scream at them! FYI, having a million friends on ‘Facebook‘ is shit. Getting admission in some third grade B-school in Adelaide is crap. Showing us videos of Vimmo’s “rendition” of ‘Chammak Challo‘ is excruciating! And, then you ask why I’m sitting all alone in the corner at the get-together? Would you rather I asphyxiate amidst you waxing eloquent about darling Chunnoo and his irrelevant achievements?

Chris Brown & his Minions

Agreed, the guy can pop-and-lock and sing a mean tune. But, he’s a woman-assaulter. End. Of. Discussion. WTF are his supporters playing at? Are you guys mad that you’re endorsing assault and violence? And Rihanna, really? “RiRi” has just taken out a track in collaboration with this numbskull. What a shame!

The Extremely Gay Supreme Court of India

So, the Supreme Court’s cloaked senile have issued the wonderful statement, ‘Gay sex is highly immoral and against social order and there is high chance of spreading of diseases (like AIDS) through such acts.‘ Hallelujah! I think the ignorant and close minded attitude of epic douches which results in untrue statements such as the aforementioned is the reason AIDS spreads.