Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Converstaion Starters - I

When we come across or are introduced to people we haven't met before, what do we do? We or in some cases 'they' try to start the conversation, so there are plenty of opening lines all of us would have heard over the years, here are some I remember.
  • The common ones, of course, are ... What do you do? Where are you from? Where do you live? What's your name? You live around here? You new around here? etc.
  • Some are rather funny, like this one in a dessert shop, where pointing at what I'm eating this guy asks me 'is it any good?' It was, so I told him its better than it looks but he won't get to find out as I ate the last one! Ha! :)
  • OR a friend of mine asking another friend of mine, with me being right there, 'how do you know this devilish woman?'
  • There are those embarrassing ones where visiting aunts from long past pinch your cheeks and say ... 'she's the one who did this and this when she was young, isn't it?' and the worse , which I have been witness to but never been subjected to ... 'oh, how can I forget you, you are the one my chotu/nikku/bunty wanted to marry when he was in kindergarten!'
  • How about the 'I've heard about you from so and so'!! In reply to which people end up saying silly things like 'i hope it wasn't all bad!' or 'Is that so!I will have to ask him/her what she's been saying about me'. I am very tempted to, just once, out of pure spite say ' I hope he/she didn't tell you what I think about you!' Ha ... would be fun!
  • There are plenty of shopping related ones where either I have or someone around has given friendly invited and uninvited suggestions with merely a wrinkled nose, a thumbs up or an expression. One which I have been asked often exclusively by women in trial rooms and have NEVER asked random strangers is ... 'do you think this is making me look fat?' post which they wave me happy byes and say 'nice-to-meet-yous' and 'thank yous'.
  • I'm sure there are plenty more and I may come back and add them. If you have any you could tell me and would add them too!

I have lots more to say on the topic so there's more to come. I will also post the hilarious incident J told me about which made me think all this.


Anonymous said...

What story did I tell? Now, not only I forget what other people say, I seem to have no memory of things I say. -- J

Kiran Sawhney said...

great conversation starters. Guys come up with few very original ones for the girls.

Serendipity said...

err. Your truly had once decided to take the initiative and introduce two people cos she felt that it would help ease the tension.

Only to say meet 'so and so' and so and so meet 'err.. umm...' (and then embarassedly didnt remember the name).

The Nomad said...

J, I will post your convo soon and I could write an entire post about your forgetting antics!

Hi Kiran, do tell a few interesting ones. And welcome to my blog :)

Ser, you should meet my mom, she's a pro in this sort of thing.

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