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|by Mini Arora|
Sometimes I wonder if my 12-year-old son and I speak the same language. It could be that I was brought up in England and therefore my vocabulary is slightly different from the Indian English. Or it could be the beginning of the age of not understanding each other!
Whatever the reason, he really gave me a trying time when early one morning, as he was getting ready for school, he told me that he needed an examination board. I was puzzled. Maybe it was a little too early in the morning for me, before my first cup of tea. Or it could just have been the terminology he was using. At any rate, we had an interesting dialogue evolving from this. I would call it conversation but as you'll see, it was anything but a conversation.
On hearing 'examination board' my mind quickly raced through the initials ICSE, CBSE.
He had to think for a while before he stuttered,
That was no understatement. Keep your patience, I told myself, take a deep breath and all that.
Now he was getting rather impatient. Did I dare ask another question?
That should be the end of that, I thought. Wrong.
After he had gone to school, I mused over this dialogue. Yes it could be the different usage in language and since then I have heard other children calling a clipboard an exam pad. I actually asked a few children just for curiosity's sake. But somehow I did also feel that this is going to be the beginning of many miscommunications!
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