It’s 12:05PM ET.
We’re watching the White House press briefing of our President Barack Obama and our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Obama said that he’s accepted Singh’s invitation to visit India next year.
Unless you are hiding under some rock, y’all know that Manmohan Singh is visiting the U.S. now.
Obama is hosting the first state dinner of his presidency for Manmohan Singh this evening.
No, we’re not attending. We declined the invitation because we’d like to watch Kandukondein Kandukondein today. 😉
Manmohan Singh is speaking now. Fellow needs to improve his accent.
Responding to a question from an Indian journalist, Singh said he’s hopeful that the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal will be operationalized ‘without much further loss of time.’
“I’m very satisfied with the outcome of my discussions with President Obama,” Singh said at the press conference.
it’ll be operationalizationingated without much soon further any more loss of time 😉
Singh speaks in a typical Indian accent. [You and I should thank god for Lalu has not become a PM yet. No question of Accent (even language) there]
You should have watched Balakrishna’s conversation in English. [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94RMuyZT44g&feature=related ] Or Vijayakanth’s English [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxQt8WDpIpM&feature=related ].
A typical telugu ‘onnu’, ‘twovu’, ‘threeu’… / ‘dooru lockedu’ kinda thing.
Tamils mostly end their (interrogative) sentences with ‘ah?’. Like “Did n’t you eat?” will be said “You did not eat ah?”.. And some people (prominently people from north) would end their sentences with “na” for the same interrogative forms. [“I have to do it, na?”].
These words normally replace the question tags ‘Isn’t it?’, ‘aren’t you?’, etc and are resulted by the exact translation of native language forms. Here is the interesting article on Indian English [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_English ] You would have come across this one, I believe.
With Manmohan Singh, it’s not just the Indian accent. After all, Indian accent is not unfamiliar to us. 😉 Some Americans occasionally have difficulty following us.
In Manmohan’s case, it’s also the fumbling and lack of smooth flow. At the press conference, Manmohan Singh struggled with the phrase dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.
Hard to believe this fella was an Economics teacher for several decades.
Some of the Pakistani politicians we’ve seen on TV here are quite suave. Except Shashi Tharoor (very good and smooth flow), most Indian politicians need to improve their communication skills in English if they intend to address a global audience.
BTW, A.R.Rahman is supposed to perform at the cultural program at the White House state dinner this evening.
Secondly, his body language. He tries to behave very humble in front of world leaders, and he becomes a cat himself in front of Madam Sonia.
To think he is the prime minister of world’s biggest democracy, representing a billion.
Recently Forbes released a list of 67 powerful people in the world. [why 67 – one for every 100 million population in the planet]. Google founders in fifth, Gates in 10th, Pope in 11th, etc.
Meek Manmohan is in 36th place. Interestingly, followed by Osama Bin Laden at 37th. 🙂
Undoubtedly Obama held the first position, followed by Chinese President Hu, and Vladimir Putin.
We doubt that Obama really is the most powerful man in the world. He can’t even get his way with the Democratic majority Congress here.
so when can we expect the review of Kandukondein Kandukondein?
Hey, we just got the DVD today. We plan to start watching in about 40 minutes (it’s 18:32 ET now).
2hrs-38 min long, according to the Netflix sleeve.
Review later tonight or tomorrow.
Watching the press conference.
It is embarrassing to watch Singh talk, as he fumbles and gropes for words.
Even Singh’s body language too is meek and submissive. It is a contrast to the suave and articulate Obama.
Having said that I guess no other country including US has a better captain to steer the economy in the current crisis.
Between Obama and Manmohan Singh, we wouldn’t opt for both.
No significant achievement on either side save reaching the top.
How typical! Gimme a nicely rounded Malayalam accent or a flowy Tamil accent or a sing song Kannada accent over an Indian born, Indian bred H1 visa’s fake American accent, any day!
awesommeeeeee@ Obama visiting India.
Forgot your medications today?
I love that Obama acknowledged India’s was the first state visit he hosted and it was fitting that it was so.
You write: I love that Obama acknowledged India’s was the first state visit he hosted
Obama is basking in your acknowledgment and admiration.
“No significant achievement on either side save reaching the top.”
Thats not entirely true. Did you forget Amrita singh 😉
1. Hey, get your spelling right.
Manmohan Singh’s beti is Amrit Singh. The only Mard of Manmohan Singh’s family.
The Bollywood ‘Mard’ babe is Amrita Singh. Note the extra ‘a’ in the latter
Amrit Singh went to Cambridge, Oxford and Yale Law School.
Amrita Singh likely graduated from the belly dancing school (Source: Wiki).
2. BTW, here are a few stories the SI blog has done on the Mard in Manmohan Singh’s family:
Manmohan Singhâ€™s Daughter Nails Bush Lies on Torture
PMâ€™s Daughter Amrit Singh Attacks White House, Again
Manmohan Singhâ€™s Daughter Amrit Singh Forces America to Release Torture Photos
Obama Turns Pussy on Torture Photos; Go Get â€˜Em, Amrit Singh
Did you notice that Obama referred to the Indian PM as “Mohammed” Singh during the toast at yesterday’s state dinner? Comical 🙂
No, missed it.
Was busy ogling Ash and Tabu in Kandukondein Kandukondein.
Will watch the YouTube version later today.
Did not quite get this.
“How typical! Gimme a nicely rounded Malayalam accent or a flowy Tamil accent or a sing song Kannada accent over an Indian born, Indian bred H1 visaâ€™s fake American accent, any day!”
What is it?