The Busy People 13/10/2010

I  wish  someone would find  an equivalent to the word ‘ Busy’ because the poor  adjective is literally suffering from over use and threatens to  disappear one day  especially from the so called “busy” people’s  vocabulary. The first time I heard the word being used or is it misused  was when I was studying for a course in Journalism. I  happened to overhear a conversation between two of my ‘ friends’   who appeared  engrossed in  repeatedly telling  another common friend  that they cannot make it to the meeting  since they had a prior appointment.  Both of them were  dropping  names of ‘ who is who’ in society  perhaps to let  the friend  know how well they were connected . ‘Sorry, I   can’t  make it to the meeting because I have an appointment with the Governor ’said  one and the other  said she was meeting the  Director           of—-, and   the timing clashed.

Imagine their discomfiture and embarrassment  when I ran into them  the following evening  at the Supermarket  when they were supposedly meeting  the VIPs.

Years rolled by and even as I was getting used to the abuse of the adjective ‘busy’, I  noticed   that it is being replaced  by the  expression, ‘I have no time.’ Unfortunately this   too has joined the adjective  in its abuse. If  there is a race between the two I wonder which will come out a winner  ! May be  it will end up with  the pot calling the kettle black !

I  think it was Henry Ford who said , IF  I WANT  SOMETHING TO BE DONE ,I WILL GIVE IT  TO THE BUSIEST MAN BECAUSE HE WILL HAVE TIME FOR EVERYTHING.

I think he meant  the word busy in its true  sense .

n.meera raghavendra rao

 

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2 thoughts on “The Busy People 13/10/2010

  1. Prof.V.N.K.Kumar

    When some people do not wish to go to a party/meeting/function they say that they are busy at that time with another imaginary commitment. Anticipating this reaction some people invite others a month or two ahead for marriages/thread ceremonies/house warming, pre-empting their refusal. It is difficult to refuse when you are given such advanced notice!

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