No, I am not referring to the Question Hour in Parliament which is chaotic to say the least. I pity the Speaker trying his/her best to be heard amongst the din of voices to get some semblance of order. I am talking of the ‘Question Time’ allotted for audience interaction at Management Meetings and Book Release Events which I eagerly look forward to. Needless to say, I would be the first to grab the opportunity and pose a question to the Speaker of the evening, whatever be the topic he/she is invited to address. I feel sometimes the questions appear more challenging to the Speaker than the Topic he/she has come prepared to deliver.
Book Release Events are even more interesting because the author as well as other invited guest speakers (who may include the publisher as well) provide a glimpse into the book though they may not reveal the end/conclusion for obvious reasons! However one can pose relevant questions from what ever insights the listener gets about the author and his/her book.
I remember the time I was inflicted with this habit of posing questions, it goes back to the days I was a member of PRSI. When the floor was open to questions, none would ask any. The President would literally prompt a couple of us to keep the ball rolling but invariably the ball would stop with the first push! I seem to persist with this habit of mine till date and find asking questions too brings its rewards, be it in the form of cash, a kind gesture or an epithet, the last are quite a few.
My question posed to one of the speakers at the Land Mark Debates held in the city fetched me a gift coupon. At one of the Book Release events I attended, a dignitary invited on the occasion handed me the bouquet (given to him) saying, ‘it is for your question.’
The epithet I earned from my fellow members and am identified with runs as follows: A lady who asks intelligent questions(thank God for small mercies)
A professional questioner( is asking questions a profession, I wonder! )
Habitual questioner( compliment or complaint?)
A true journalist ( the best compliment so far I suppose ).
n.meera raghavendra rao.