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February 16, 2021 Tuesday 01:18:08 PM IST

Masking and Unmasking Troubles

Guest Column

It was dusk and the sun had set a bit earlier than usual. A 70- year old granny was taking rest after her evening prayers. She heard the sound of a motorbike stop and someone had come near the gate. Suddenly, she cried out loud, 'Thief, Thief!'  'Help, is there no one here?.' Her distress call was so loud that not only her family members but some neighbours suddenly appeared on the scene. And indeed there was no reason to panic as it turned out to be a delivery boy with a black mask and helmet which appeared to the old lady as a 'burglar.'
A cook in a takeaway restaurant was seen wearing his mask as 'earring' while preparing chicken and mutton dishes. "Why don't you put one on the other ear too!" a buyer sarcastically remarked. "A cook is able to understand the quality of his preparation with all his senses, and sense of smell is very important. You will all complain loudly and give negative ratings if the food is not tasty," the cook replied to the amazement of the customers scattered around the shop. Even as this talk was going on, one lady customer tried to drink a shake with the mask on and got it spoiled in the process.
Photo with Mask
A candidate appeared for the interview and after asking some questions, the HR Manager turned to the photo pasted in the biodata. He was indeed surprised to find the photo with a facemask on. And this was the candidate’s reply, "We will be seeing each other with the mask. We have to go by the New Normal!"
A young man was shopping in a Men’s Wear showroom and even after more than an hour trying various combinations of shirts and trousers, he was not happy. The sales boy who had recently joined had a tough time and finally when the customer finalized one, he asked, “May, I know for what purpose you are buying this pair?  The youth was going to propose to a girl he met recently and what better occasion than the Valentine’s day. “Sir, it would be better if you can put on a matching facemask. In the upstairs we have an exclusive branded section for masks.”
True Potential
Indeed, the customer was elated and he chose an expensive pair of masks as directed by the sales boy. The shop manager was witnessing all these and as the youth left, he called the sales boy and said, “ I was planning to send you away soon but now I realize you have tremendous potential.”  And the boy said, “Indeed it is true Sir, the customer who just went runs a leading diamond jewellery shop in the city with his father. He asked me about my salary and whether I am willing to leave this job if offered 40% hike and two weeks joining time!”
Borrowed Joke
In a corner of a street, a few men were sharing funny incidents they encountered during the pandemic. After two of them shared some interesting encounters, the third talked about a person who removed his mask while sneezing saying he couldn’t spoil his new mask. The fourth man responded, “I have heard this before,” much to the embarrassment of the joker.
Meanwhile, I called a leading psychologist to write about the emotional stress caused by prolonged pandemic.  “I just received a call from an old patient. He was once anxious over contracting Covid, now he is worried over taking vaccination!”  People have all sorts of worries now. “Haven’t you written any humour pieces lately?” “ It used to be said laughter is the best medicine, but in this pandemic times it may be the best vaccine too against all sorts of worries and stress,” the psychologist commented.

Sreekumar Raghavan

Sreekumar Raghavan is an award-winning business journalist with over two and a half decades of experience in print, magazine and online journalism. A Google-certified Digital Marketing Professional, he specialises in content development for web, digital marketing and training, media relations and related areas. He is the recipient of MP Narayana Pillai Award for Journalism in 2001 and holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Masters Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kerala University.





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