So my Grandma was right all the way

"Girls should NOT speak loudly" rebuked my grandma every time I started a conversation. I accused her of being very partial and unfair. She shook her head wisely and said "Your voice is bound to shoot up by several decibels once you have a baby, so practise speaking softly" she declared emphatically.

Maybe grandma is right is what I thought when I, along with another friend went to meet H.
////Now, permit a little digression, dear reader-
H is a friend from college. She is one of those soft natured and gentle girls, whom one could turn to when in need. Only, one needs to have a really sharp ear, when on a phone conversation with her. "The handset wouldn't complain of aches and pains if you be a bit louder" we all used to tell her. But on or off the phone, hardly audible she remained.////
So, few years later, when we went to meet her, we had forgotten the block number of her aptmt. There were 4 blocks, all similar. Just as we were about to call her mobile, there came a deafening THUD. Followed by a loud, angry voice asking the child to behave and giving a huge explanation about how expensive things are. Though dumbstruck, we instantly recognised the voice, followed it and knocked at H's door.

Cut to present. This morning I stepped into the elevator with my little one gaily smiling at the only other person in the lift, and trying to reach for the elevator buttons from his buggy. I was using the oft-repeated, famous-word-of-late "NO" to him. And we got out on our floor. Few minutes later, I heard a knock on the door. It was none other than the man on the lift, flaunting a little shoe which I've seen not rarely. "Guess he kicked his shoe off!" he said, and much to my displeasure, added "I knew you got down this floor, so I came back down, and heard you the minute I stepped out of the lift and followed your voice."

Ofcourse I was not flattered. My flat is the farthest one from the lift. Tips for speaking softly, please!

16 comments:

WhatsInAName said...

Rofl! Hugs to you girl! I can so relate to this post and I am equally in need of tips cos let me tell you, during the last 15 years, the decibel level has only shown an upward trend! :(

Bedazzled said...

lol!!!..

bouncingbubble said...

wian-:)u sure abt the decibel level up?I'll plan to give up my landline, and just raise my voice for mum to hear.;)

bedazz-:))

Angel's Flight said...

oh my god that is funny!!! dude I have a LOUD voice.....and on top of that a high pitch....things are going to get really interesting down the road...hahahahah

avdi said...

Next time just sing that song - Dheere dheere bol koi sun na le..

Bubble Catcher said...

so so true.Grandmas are know-it-alls.My decibel has shot up since the little fellow was born.Actually I start off saying something softly to him,but after I am given the royal ignore, only raising the decibel level gets his attention.

eye-in-sty-in said...

its not your fault... blame it on the thin walls and the sharp hearing of evryone around you.... deny deny deny! :-)

bouncingbubble said...

ANgel-don't u worry..u have loadsa company:)

Avdi-in the interest of the public, will not do;)

Bubble catcher-so true about the ascending level. Atleast we start softly, that's good enough!

eisi-loved your comment. very encouraging for souls with loud voice like us:)

Smita said...

lol! Am sure it isn't ur fault! That guy had a sharp ear :D

You know when I was in hostel there were girls who used to talk to their boy frenz/ fiances!!! You could sit next to them but still not know what they were saying! We always used to wonder if the person on the other side could hear them!!

Psst I am hoping that ur grandma's theory is wrong because already I talk very loudly :D

bouncingbubble said...

Smita- oh yes for that friends speaking to fiance thing. I'm poor in that as well, so limit my conversation to hubs over phone;) Grandma theory is right as per my current survey, so be warned ;)

vimmuuu said...

ya, I always wondered from where you girls take out your shrieking voice !!! It doesnt come out that often, for example for my wife it comes out when I goof up something wid her stuffs or when she sees hrithik !!!

Btw, being a husband, I feel pity for the poor soul living with you. also the soul living with your silent (or violent) friend H ! :D :D :D

I guess its my first time here, thanks in advance for welcoming :D :D :D

bouncingbubble said...

vimmuuu:
I'll try to be correct with the numerous u's and m's! welcome here! you're welcome to thank again, erm visit again;)

Somehow, I hv come to realise that ppl with clearly audible voices are more frank than those with soft voices:)

And oh yes, men support men in all possible ways!

vicious said...

:D njoyed reading !!!

bouncingbubble said...

vicious:
welcome to my blog, glad u enjoyed it:)

pal said...

ROFL!! My mum always called me a 'gun throat'. I still am, but my son beats me hollow :-) Loved the post. Infact read 5 posts in one go, and have to comment on the others now :-)

bouncingbubble said...

pal! I'm overwhelmed by you readin my old posts too.. oh we are just being loud and clear, not to worry;)