Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Sound security

It was one of those regular press conferences that we journalists are used to attending. When you do two a day, you get familiar with the ritual - signing the visitor's book, coffee in paper cups, bondas soggy with chutney, the inane questions...answers...
But today was different. Sitting in one of these non-soul-elevating conferences, brushing aside the bonda, I had a moment of epiphany.
Journalists can, if we are covering a particular beat (subject), even predict with a certain degree of accuracy, a blow-by-blow account of what is to happen next...
It began like one of those conferences today. Usual rituals, same journalists, small talk, big talk... I'm avoiding the specifics, because they are not important.
At one point, Dr.Mohan Kameswaran (the ENT surgeon, heard of him?) said, "Do you know why hearing is so important to us?"
What kind of a question was THAT? Don't we all know how important it is and precisely why.
But his answer was my epiphany:
"The most important function of hearing is to connect."
How true! Sound connects man with his surroundings, simply. In that, is his security. The feeling of belonging somewhere comes from the sounds/noises we hear everyday.
Have we not felt it before? Quite unconsciously? When that irritating creak of a fan that has a faulty bearing makes you feel at home, or the incessant mute whirring of the air conditioner tells you "boss, you are at work". That is security.
When the hair on my neck stood up, I had a feeling it was not merely the air conditioner blower.

Then, I heard that familiar scrape of a chair hurriedly pushed aside - that made me secure too. Secure in the belief that I was among a tribe of journalists, patient ones, who want to leave before it is actually time to.



Blogger Vin said...

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5:26 am

Anonymous Anonymous said... I'm at work..just arrived and your comment re: " fan with a faulty bearing " reminds me of home. Already! ET wants to go home now! Not to momma, though! He he :) Ravi

9:42 am

Blogger Pavithra said...

I envy you, I really do. (sigh). So many experiences to write about...

5:32 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramya Kannan,
I'm a corporate spy keeping tabs on all troublesome journalists in Chennai. You're being watched... ha ha ha ha... there! you just flinched!
How Bizarre!

8:41 pm

Blogger None said...


back home to better half, eh?


11:25 pm

Blogger None said...

yup, signed up on blogrolling. am yet to find time to do the pasting stuff! thanks though!


11:26 pm

Blogger None said...


Dont we all!? After all, it all depends on what you find interesting, huh? like i said, there were those in the press conference, completely untouched by what was being said.
hope i dont sound vain, but its in the way you look at things...abirama pattar or mohan kameswaran! :)


11:29 pm

Blogger None said...

hello corporate spy,

welcome! and no, i dint flinch! :)


11:30 pm

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12:19 am

Blogger Ravages said...

I so agree. It's not just the sounds, though they play a bigger part.

I like the feeling of sleeping on my bed, eating out of the table that i know has a little groove for me to rest my elbow on, the smell of good old cooum.

Sound and words play a greater part in what we percieve our territory. It's pro'lly got something to do with evolution. Humans as a tribe love languages and words and anything to do with sounds.

4:04 pm


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