Category Archives: Conversation in daily life

Among a group of wedding guests conversation

Ravi : Hi!You look familiar! Are you the groom’s colleague?

Prabhu : No, a close friend of the groom’s brother. I’m Prabhu. He and I work in a  publishing house. I’m an accountant in T S Publications.

Ravi : Oh! Is that so? They are one of the leading publishers, I’m told, with a high turn over! Your work must be quite  interesting.

Prabhu : Far from it! It is a nine-to-five job, with a lot of paper work and a fixed salary with no perks. But it is my first job so I am learning the ropes to gain experience.

Ravi : I’m Ravi. I am with a small-scale industry. We produce nuts and bolts for  automobile ancillary units. I look after administration as well as quality control, though my designation is Senior Manager , Accounts.

Prabhu : You must be on your toes the whole day!

Ravi : Not at all! It’s a safe and sedate  job especially when you have a responsible team under your command. Besides, there are no transfers, no chances of embezzlement and no bossy orders from the top. Everything works on set schedules and procedures, so I can go about my work in a mechanical way till I am ready for retirement.

Kumar : I’m Kumar – Ravi’s cousin. He calls his monotonous job a sedate one. Not my cup of tea! I’m in the State Fire fighting Department. I literally and figuratively keep climbing ladders.

Prabhu : Wow!You are the kind of person the kittens like!

Kumar : Yes!We do occasionally save kittens from trees and dogs caught in large garbage bins, but more often we are fighting fires in narrow streets and high-rise buildings.

Prabhu : Interesting! What are your hours of work? Twenty- four hours? How about your salary?

Kumar : Not always. It’s not a nine-to-five job, nor a part time one. Nor is it exactly flexi-time.We follow a shift system on roster but adjust in a crisis with an over-time and often forego our time-off voluntarily. As for salary, its a government scale of pay with PF, CCA, HRA, increment, bonus name it, we have it!

Prabhu : Do you have any other perquisites or privileges?

Kumar : Of course! We are fully insured with medical facilities. Promotions are smooth and quick depending on our performance. We have our share of holidays with travel allowance and earned leave but “priority to the call of duty” is the unspoken law.

Suresh : Duty is always the priority! I’m Suresh, a doctor – specialist in Cardiology and my cell-phone and keys are always within reach!

Kumar : You look too young to be a doctor! And how is your job? Is it as exciting as mine?

Suresh : Well! … exciting .. er… yes, in a way. It is as high-risk a job as yours, because one wrong diagnosis or a careless movement of the lancet and my career is as good as dead! Ravi : Do you have fixed working hours when there are no outpatients or theatre-operations?

Suresh : No, we are not bound by time-schedules, only duty schedules. And other aspects like transfer are only in government hospitals and private chain-hospitals. Promotions .. well, you climb the career ladder on the percentage of patients you successfully send out with full recovery. In other words, your career growth is synonymous with your experience measured by the trust your patients have in you.

Prabhu : How about you? Are you with Kumar? You look as young as him!

Gopal : No, I’m the bride’s cousin. I am a trainee at an engineering unit. I have been appointed through my Institute’s placement interviews.

Prabhu : Normally trainees are green at their jobs and are bound to get “kicked around” a bit before they get stream-lined into a specialised area of work. How is it with you?

Gopal : Well, nothing to provoke complaints, but the boss is a demanding, tough task-master. He has a reputation of having sacked thrice as many trainees as he has had promoted. So I’m already on the look out for another opening so that I can quit before he dismisses me!

Prabhu : You trainees are paid quite a sum these days ! Thirty years ago an “apprentice” as he was called then, earned a “stipend” of a maximum of Rs.100/- per month!

Gopal : Yes, job benefits are sound and having a pay-slip showing a five-digit salary when we are just out of college, is quite intoxicating. Besides, we have all other facilities and perks. There’s travel allowance, over-time pay when we work late hours; and there are luncheons and dinners galore on the slightest pretext of a conference. And the work is really challenging enough, to not burn out with fatigue or boredom.

Prabhu : So when does your training get over?

Gopal : It’s a six month traineeship, then if I satisfy my boss I am promoted right away into ‘executive’ position. From thereon success depends on quantitative and qualitative project completion. The more impressive my portfolio, the better are the chances of growth.

Prabhu : All the best Gopal! Shiva : Hey! Don’t leave me out! I’m Shiva, the bride’s kid brother, and I am with the largest group in India. It’s called the UGGI, the Unemployed Graduate Group of Idlers!

All : Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!! …

Father and Son – asking money

Son : I’m sorry to bother you, I need a help daddy.

Father : What help?

Son : I want ss…some…mm money.

Father : What was that?

Son : I said I want some money.

Father : Money? What for?

Son : I’ve lost my friend’s cell phone Daddy.

Father : Your friend’s cell phone? How did it happen?

Son : It was in my shirt pocket, Daddy. While travelling in a crowded bus, some thief picked it from my pocket. I have to buy a new one and give it to him.

Father : You’re always careless. How much does it cost?

Son : Only Rs.3000 /-

Father : Go and get it from your mom.

Son : Thank you, Daddy.

conversation between a sales representative and a prospective buyer

Sales rep : Excuse me, Madam. Could I have a few minutes of
your time, please? I’m Daniel Robinson, and I represent Crusoe Automatons Ltd. You see, we have launched a robot – Girl Friday. You name the chore and she performs it. Want a glass of water? Just tell her and she’ll get you one.
Buyer : What if I want the floor cleaned?
Sales rep : She’ll do it in a jiffy. She’s a real wonder.
Buyer : How do I operate her?
Sales rep : See this knob. Just turn and switch on this button. Here
she goes.
Buyer : What about the power connection?
Sales rep : She operates on battery. Once a week she needs to be
Buyer : She too! Well, what’s the cost of this robot?
Sales rep : Only ten thousand rupees.
Buyer : Only? My! That’s quite expensive.
Sales rep : Think about the time and energy saved, Madam.
Buyer : What other features does the robot have?
Sales rep : Well, she has a remarkable memory. She can store any
amount of information. For example you can tell her your shopping list, birthdays, things to do, etc., and she reminds you every now and then.
Buyer : Will she wake me up every morning?
Sales rep : Of bourse she will. But you don’t have to, because she would do all the chores. You can have your beauty sleep.
Buyer : What’s the warranty period?
Sales rep : Three years.
Buyer : And after sales service?
Sales rep : She wouldn’t need that for a long time. Alter all she’s
designed to serve you. Well, in ease of trouble, you can contact this hour help line.
Buyer : Why is she called Girl Friday?
Sales rep : Well, that’s because Friday is her day off.

Immanuel and Aishwarya – Friend talk

Aishwarya : What sleek computers I find here! Could these small boxes contain such enormous information on anything and everything under the sun and on earth? What is that small thing with a tail?
Imrmanuel : It is a mouse.
Aishwarya : But it doesn’t wag its tail.
Immanuel : It’s you who is wagging the tail. The mouse helps you to access the monitor.
Aishwarya : I hope the computer monitor is not as strict as my class monitor. Now, is that a typing machine?
Immanuel : That’s called a keyboard.
Aishwarya : Will it produce music?
Immanuel : (Smiles) It helps you key in information into the computer.
Aishwarya : Now I’m getting curiouser and curiouser. What is this tower-like thing?
Immanuel : That’s the central processing unit -CPU.
Aishwarya : What does it contain?
Immanuel : It contains the hard disk, motherboard, floppy drive, CD drive, etc., all of which go to make a computer. These are the components which help the computer process information and
answer all your questions,
Aishwarya : Will the computer tell me whether I need to buy it or not?
Immanuel : ?!

Arjun and Mahesh – conversation between friend series

Arjun : Good afternoon sir! I’m Arjun. I am working on an important assignment and I would like to get it done at your Centre.
Mahesh : Fine! Let’s go to Page Set up first. Do you want it in A 4. Letter, Legal or Custom Size?
Arjun : I’ve been asked to do it in A 4.
Mahesh : Is the layout, portrait or landscape?
Arjun : What does that mean?
Mahesh : Well, portrait is the vertical layout, with the page height greater than the width, while landscape is the horizontal layout with the page width greater
Arjun : I think portrait is OK.
Mahesh : Let me set the margins Now, what about the font?
Arjun : My teacher has suggested that I use Times New Roman font, size 12.
Mahesh : That’s the standard book form. Can I use bold/ italics wherever necessary for highlighting?
Arjun : Yes, Sir.
Mahesh : Now, we’ 11 have to save
Arjun : (grins) From the mouse nibbling my document?
Mahesh : Is that a trap, naughty boy?
Arjun : Well, Sir Now, how do we save?
Mahesh : We’ll have to go to File and then click on Save. Now give me a name.
Arjun : ‘Std. XI Communicative English’.
Mahesh : Well, that’s done. Now your assignment will be stored in the computer in that name.
Arjun : Can I have a print-out now?
Mahesh : Yes. Do you need a laser or ink-jet?
Arjun : What’s the difference?
Mahesh : The out-put is faster and more impressive in laser. And it costs a rupee more.
Arjun : Why is that?
Mahesh : Laser printers are of high quality and they use laser beams.
Arjun : I’ll go in for laser then.
Mahesh : Here it is.
Arjun : Thank you, Sir.

Meeting a foreigner and converse with him

Rahul : May I introduce myself? My name is Rahul. (introducing oneself)
John : I am John.
Rahul : How do you do? (responding to introduction)
John : How do you do?
Rahul : Where are you from, Mr.John? (asking for information)
John : I’m from the US. How about you?
Rahul : I belong here. How long have you been here?
John : I’ve been here for two weeks.
Rahul : Are you going to stay for long?
John : No, I’m just on a short holiday.
Rahul : Do you like Chennai? (asking for likes/dislikes)
John : Yes, I am enjoying it here. (expressing likes/ dislikes)
Rahul : Is it too hot for you?
John : No, not too hot.
Rahul : And how do you like the food here? (asking for likes/dislikes)
John : It’s delicious and tasty, but a little hot and spicy. (expressing likes/dislikes)
Rahul : Do you like our idlis?
John : I love the soft idlis, particularly with sambar. Fantastic combination.
Rahul : How about parathas?
John : Parathas? I can’t stand that. (expressing likes/ dislikes)
It is tough and leathery unnlike your fluffy idlis.

English conversation At the Library

Praveen : Good afternoon, Madam, (greeting)
Librarian : Good afternoon, Praveen. What can I do for you? (offering to help)
Praveen : I need to get some information on animal cells.
Librarian : What is it for, Praveen?
Praveen : I have to make a presentation of animal cells in the seminar next week.
Librarian : That’s fine. (appreciating a proposal)
Praveen : Could you tell me where I can get it, Madam? (making a polite request)
Librarian : Look at that last cupboard. It’s marked REFERENCE.
Praveen : Do you mean the one next to the LITERATURE cupboard?
Librarian : Exactly! There are a number of encyclopaedias in that
cupboard. You will find there ‘Children’s Science Encyclopaedia’. That’s the right book for your reference.
Praveen : Oh, I see. May I borrow it for a day or two? (asking for permission)
Librarian : Sorry, the reference books are not for lending.
Praveen : There is no place around. May I sit here and take notes?
Librarian : Yes, you may. (granting permission)
Praveen : Thank you, Madam. (thanking)
Librarian :Welcome. (responding to thanks)

Suma and her favourite R J (Radio Jockey) Riya


Riya : Good morning! This is Radio Chili Hot! Who’s calling?

Suma : Good morning! My name is Suma.

Riya : Hello, Suma! Are you a student?

Suma : Yes, I’m a class XII student.

Riya : So, Suma … What do you have to say about stray dogs?

Suma : Riya, first I want to say how much I appreciate your programmes, especially, the general discussions you have between playing songs.

Riya : Thank you. Now, listeners! Let’s hear what Suma has to say about the problem of stray dogs.

Suma : About stray dogs – I think most people are cruel to them. The other day I read an item in the newspaper about stoning stray dogs to death! I think that was barbaric!

Riya : I agree. So what’s your suggestion?

Suma : I know a girl from my locality, who takes care of them by feeding all stray dogs twice a day. If we can’t take care of them like her, I think we should ask the Blue Cross to come and fetch them. They could then be sterilised. Then their numbers could be controlled.

Riya : Great idea Suma! Thank you for your suggestion. What song would you like me to play? “Tra………la………la………la……”

conversation between MOTHER AND son MANAV

Mother : Manav, do you know how I can move this paragraph? I need to put it at the end of this page.

Manav : Yes, I think so. First, you move the mouse to select the text that you want to move ….. like this ……Then you go to the Edit menu and choose the Cut command.

Mother : A….mmm …. E….dit…then … Cut…. Like this?

Manav : Very good, mother! The selected text disappears and goes onto the Clipboard. Next, you find where you want the text to appear and you click to position the insertion there.

Mother : Okay. I want the text here ….. so I position the cursor here and click. Right?

Manav : Yes – right! Now, choose Paste from the Edit menu, or hold down Command and press V. Finally, check that the text has appeared in the right place.

Mother : Mmm …. Paste and click. Oh dear ….. what did I do wrong?

Manav : Your cursor shifted when you were clicking! It doesn’t matter – Go to Edit again and choose Undo this time. This will reverse your last editing command …. Now, try again.

Mother : Thanks so much, Manav. You are a patient teacher.

Manav : You are most welcome, Ma. You are a …. er – quick learner!

IN THE RESTAURANT – conversation between friends

Hari : Hello Ravi, How are you? I thought we could go out to a restaurant to celebrate Mittu’s birthday.

Ravi : A great idea! We’ll give her a treat. Where shall we go?

Hari : Let Mittu come. She can decide…….Here she is! Ravi and Hari (together): Happy Birthday, Mittu!

Mittu : Thank you. So have you decided? Where shall we go?

Hari : You choose, Mittu.

Mittu : Let’s try Asha Bhavan – that new place in Kanthi Nagar. I’ve heard they serve a delicious spread there, especially salads.

Ravi : It would be very crowded! Today is Saturday.

Mittu : I’ll make a booking now. Then we could be sure of getting a place. Hari, please pass me today’s newspaper.……..Thanks ……. (Turning the pages of the newspaper) Ammm …… mmm …….. aha here it is! 24098765. (dialling) Hello, is that Asha Bhavan?
I’d like to make a reservation for this evening. In whose name? mm… mmm… Mr. Ravi Arunkumar, please …… that’s right …… a table for three, please ……. at 7pm. Thank you. Bye!

Ravi : It’s only 5.30 now. Let’s play some Pictionary till it’s time to leave.

7.03 pm – At the restaurant ‘Asha Bhavan’

Hari : The place looks very festive. I wonder if there is anything special happening?

Ravi : Look there’s the maitre d’ hotel, I’ll ask him (going up to a gentleman smartly dressed in a suit) Excuse me, but is there anything special today? Your restaurant is
looking very festive.

Maitred’hotel : Good evening, sir Yes, today is the first anniversary of our restaurant. We are expecting a large crowd. Have you made a booking?

Mittu : Yes. In the name of Mr. Arunkumar …… a table for three.
Maitre : (signalling to a lady dressed in the restaurant colours of lavender and gold) Just a moment, madam. The hostess will show you to your table.

Hostess : Good evening! Please come with me. (Seats them at a table in a corner) Is this alright?

Mittu : Yes, thank you. (A waiter arrives with a tray of drinks. The Hostess serves them.)

Hostess : Please enjoy your ‘welcome’ drink.

Mittu : What is it?

Hostess : It’s chilled tender coconut water with honey and mint.

Ravi : (sipping his drink) It’s delicious! Thank you!

Hostess : Excuse me. I have to see to other guests. Enjoy your meal! (The three of them sip their drinks and look around the restaurant.)

Mittu : We’ll order the food a little later. Let’s enjoy the ambience of this place first.

Hari : I like the rich decor of the place and also the clever arrangement of green plants between tables to ensure privacy.

Ravi : And the music is not too loud … we can carry on a conversation! (Catching the eye of a waiter passing by and indicating to him that his service was required
at their table by nodding his head
.) Let’s order food. (The Waiter dressed in a lavender and gold uniform appears at their table.)

Waiter : Good evening! Would you like to go for the buffet, Sir? Madam? We serve a very good buffet here. There is also a salad-bar.

Mittu : I think I’ll go for the salad-bar. I’ve heard they do scrumptious salads here. Is it all freshly prepared?

Waiter : Yes, madam. All the food prepared here is fresh. Every night all left-over food is given away.

Hari : I’ll try the buffet. I can see quite a spread there. Can you please bring the soup to the table, please?

Waiter : Certainly, sir. Which would you prefer? ….. the chicken –noodle soup or the baby corn–mushroom soup?

Hari : The baby corn-mushroom, please.

Waiter : And, what about you, Sir?

Ravi : Do you have any à la carte service?

Waiter : Of course, Sir. I’ll get you the menu-card. (brings Ravi a menu-card)

Ravi : Give me a few minutes please.

Waiter : Would you care for some hors-d’oeuvres?

Ravi : No,thank you. We’ll start with the soup. (The waiter leaves while Ravi studies the menu card) They serve quite a variety of food here. There’s Chinese, Italian, Mexican, as well as Lebanese, in addition to Indian. Everything is also very reasonably priced! This dish of Tacos is only Rs. 75, and it has prawn, cuttlefish, and lots of vegetables in it, from its description on the menu …. But it would be too heavy for me ….Mmm…let me see ….. shall I have a plate of vegetable spring rolls? … or, ….. maybe, I’ll go for soup and kebabs ….? …. Oh dear, this is so difficult. (Mittu returns to the table with a plate full of salad.)

Mittu : Come on Ravi, the waiter is waiting. Have a dish of steamed vegetables and some pita bread. Or, since you have been showing off your French, try a French dish!

Ravi : They don’t have any. I think I’ll have the soup and vegetable cutlets. (The waiter returns with the soup and serves them.)

Ravi : I’ll have the same soup and a plate of vegetable cutlets.

Waiter : Very good, Sir. (Returns with the soup and cutlets and serves Ravi.) Enjoy your meal, Sir, …. Madam.

Ravi : Bon appétit!

Mittu : What does that mean, now?

Ravi : It’s like saying ‘Enjoy your meal’ in English. (They eat in silence for a while, enjoying the music and the aromatic food on their table.)

Hari : This buffet is superb. They have such a variety of vegetables and salads. This corn and raw mango salad is out of this world! How’s your cutlet, Ravi?

Ravi : It’s good. I’m glad they haven’t added too many spices in it. It has a nutty flavour.
(Noticing some activity at the entrance of the restaurant.) Look, some celebrities have come in. O, I recognise that young starlet Faguni. I wonder who the other two
people are?

Hari : I recognise that gentleman ….. He does a cookery show on DD every Wednesday and runs a restaurant in Mumbai, that serves only Parsi food.

Mittu : And I know who that elegant lady is …. She is Lajmi Uday Sing, the gourmet cook who writes a weekly column on food in ‘The Bondhu’ every Saturday. Okay, people, are we done? Or, does anyone want dessert?

Hari : Of course I want dessert! There is such a tempting spread on the counter.
(Hari leaves to fetch the dessert.)

Waiter : Would you like some dessert, sir? Here is the menu card.

Ravi : Yes, please. I’d like the date pancake.

Mittu : I don’t think I’ll have any, thank you. (They eat their dessert.)

Ravi : (To the waiter) Could I have the cheque, please?

Waiter : What about some coffee, Sir? Ravi, Hari, Mittu : No, thank you!
(The waiter returns with the bill. Ravi pays. Waiter takes it to the Cashier.) (The Hostess comes to their table.)

Hostess: Did you enjoy your meal? Was everything alright?

Ravi : O, yes! Everything was perfect! We enjoyed the meal very much.

Hari : I was wondering if you did any outdoor catering?

Hostess: Yes sir, we do. In addition to the food we also arrange for the crockery, cutlery, as well as serving.

Hari : Here is my card. Perhaps we could discuss this in detail when you are not so busy.

Hostess: Certainly, Sir. Here is our card. In case I am not available, my assistant Najab Hussain will be able to help you.

Hari : Thank you so much. Goodnight!

Ravi : We had a very pleasant evening. Goodnight

Mittu : Thank you, my friends. I had a lovely birthday dinner. Goodnight!