Mr. B was my neighbor in the UK – A nice person, tall, dark (Black, to be precise), handsome and well-built (excellent sprinter!). I guess there is something about the Black genes that make them well-built, by default – unlike our Indian (mutated) genes: No matter what we eat, or how much we exercise, we always end up with pot belly, sooner or later.
B was funny – not intentionally, but his ideas, his way of explaining them made him so.
After our first class of Corporate Finance, I met him in the kitchen (we lived in the same flat on campus and shared kitchen) and asked him how he found the professor (who looked like a mix of young Bill Gates – or some similar geek with specs – and Austin Powers).
B was visibly miffed with this Prof.: “I don’t like this guy.”
“Well, I don’t like guys who teach extremely difficult subject, and still smile”
The other day I happened to discuss my passion – Chess with him. “Do you play chess?” I asked.
No. I don’t like chess. It’s a racist game where Black play against White – and it’s always White who make first move!”
Wow! I had never looked at chess from this angle – never thought that chess could be racist 🙂
Once we were chatting and the discussion reeled upon his eternal interest – Girls!
B: Heard of Rule of 20?
K (that’s me): Nope, what is it?
B: You see, we trust this rule here in the UK. No matter how ugly you look..(pointing at me)
K (to himself): [okay..that is very encouraging and pleasing.go ahead!]
B: No matter how ugly you look, if you talk 20 girls in – one would definitely fall for you!
K: Hmm.and is converse of this rule true?
[B got ‘hung up’ (like a computer) at the mention of word ‘converse’ – he is ‘mathematically’ challenged….]
B: What does converse of a rule mean?
K: The opposite.I mean ‘Instead of talking to 20 different girls, if you talk to the same girl 20 times, would she fall for you?’
B: Hmmm…(goes to ‘Not Responding’ mode for few moments), never tried this, though it is a good suggestion – maybe I should try it at pub coming Saturday… K: Go ahead! All the best…But make sure that you are aware of all the “Emergency Exit” gates! 🙂 ………….
But it was fun! I learnt a lot from him – especially his hard-working and diligent nature.