Oh, it happened again and I think I will continue making a faux pass again and again and get into the Guiness Book of Records one day! I envy people who have a gigantic memory for faces and names of their acquaintances, even though they would have met them only once in their life time. But here I am who has never been so fortunate to remember names of those I meet even often ,leave alone rarely! However, my memory for faces is not too bad but here again there is a hitch. The person might appear familiar but I wouldn’t remember his name or when and where I would have met him or her and such situations occur too often for my comfort.
The other day when I was at a shopping mall ,a gentleman greeted me with a smile saying, ‘How are you Mrs.Rao?’ Though I didn’t recognize him, I thought courtesy demanded that I should atleast pretend to have met him earlier and respond to his gesture which I did. But honestly I was at a loss to place him and probably sensing from my expression he said, “I don’t think you have recognized me”.
I fumbled between a yes and a no and thought it wise to ask him whether he was still working in the same company, thinking his answer would give me a clue.
“Yes”, was his monosyllabic answer (I could notice he was thoroughly enjoying my plight). “Please convey my regards to your husband” he said before he left. My experience after a cultural show we happened to attend recently was slightly different. When the show was over I found a gentleman and my husband talking shop and when he turned to me and said “hello Mrs.Rao”, I promptly responded “nice meeting you again Mr. S—..”.,and enquired about his wife .
It took some time for me to understand the reason for his strange expression!
n.meera raghavendra rao