Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Its a colour full life!!!



                                 (image courtesy Google Images
During a pre-employment medical I learned that of the 256K colours in my mobile I can see but very few. It is official; I’m a little colour blind. No I don’t see the world in black, white and shades of grey but if you were to bring me a RmKV multi-colour sari and ask me what are the colours I will call out red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, white, black, grey, pink and brown. Maybe I may get a few more but that’s all, with all due respect to the master weavers of RmKV. The fact of the matter is I cannot discern between shades of the same colour and that makes life simple! I see a red as red irrespective of whether it is called blood orange, safety cone or tomato. To me it’s red. PERIOD.

Do you know what a banker’s lamp is? I didn’t till I happened to see it in the shade card. Horror of horrors, it is a green. Even worse blue fern is also green. Have you seen a blue cow? It’s yet another shade, thankfully its blue, but a cow???? Now don’t wonder what happened to me that I’m ranting and raving about colours, its just that D and others of her ilk have this habit of coming up with some weird colours that I’m clueless about. Have you heard of bishop's pink? I was wondering when did I last see a pink bishop, till D patiently explained that its the colour of the small cap that bishops wore.

I am yet to figure out which navy wears navy blue, our navy wears white. Maybe that is airforce blue?

Likewise peaches and lemons are fruits. I always thought violet was a colour by itself but Valentine’s Day poem tells you that violets are blue. But the orange, well the orange is orange so no confusion.

Earlier D had a kind of superiority complex about my lack of knowledge in the world of colours. But ever since the medical report I’m the beneficiary of her sympathy. “Oh, you poor thing, cannot make out colours…. ”. It feels so nice. And she does not make a face when I say her new sari is brown when it would be called something in the maroon family.

When I look around and see, the world is so beautiful and full of colours. So what if it is not in 256 K colours, who really has the time to learn the names of all? Lets just KISS!

(Keep It Simple Stupid!)


Enjoy life in colour!

9 comments:

Deepa Iyer said...

What about mauve? Or Majenta? :P

Clement Williams said...

@Deepa Iyer: etho you telling I can make out, not sure what : )

Susan Deborah said...

Ah, there are many like you in our family. Almost all men have this problem, I reckon. They cannot make out any colours at all.

Sometimes I fumble between blue and green.

Joy always,
Susan

Deepa Iyer said...

Susan - no one can make out colors! ;-) They can only identify! Hope you get the drift :P So sorry, couldn't help pointing that one out but one phrase that's grossly misused is "make out" ;-)

Susan Deborah said...

Deepa, urghh. Indian English, I presume!

And "make out" -- ughhh.

Thanks for pointing out.

Susan Deborah said...

Deepa, I just checked. See this:

make out

1. To discern or see, especially with difficulty: I could barely make out the traffic signs through the rain.
2. To understand: could not make out what she said.
3. To write out; draw up: made out the invoices.
4. To fill in (a form, for example).
5. Informal To represent as being: made me out to be a liar.
6. Informal To try to establish or prove: He made out that he was innocent.
7. To get along in a given way; fare: made out well in business.
8. Slang
a. To neck; pet.
b. To have sexual intercourse.

Clement Williams said...

Whattae colourful discussion!

Divia said...

And what about my personal favourites...Lilac, burgandy, ramar blue, peppermint green, coffee brown, tomato pink, mampazha manjal and kathripoo colour Clement?

Clement Williams said...

Sigh!