Apparently there is a mis-nomenclature going on. The spiritual part of a person called the “heart” is something. The organ in the physical body that pumps blood should be called the “blood-pumper” – a “blooper”.
I heard this speech at a Toastmaster’s competition that I had auditioned for. I spoke on “Time is money”, which was the given topic, and was invited to write for the school newspaper. But since I didn’t have practice in public speaking at that time, someone who had more practice was chosen to represent the school at the inter-school Toastmasters competition.
My sister and her friends were going, and they invited me, so I tagged along.
The topic that that boy spoke about was called .. what was that… forgot.. but the speech was about the English language – how there is a mouse, but many mice, and a house, but not many hice (it’s houses). My, oh my, what a pure language – it’s not in the spelling, it’s in the meaning.
Do I remember more..? Hmmm…..
After the speech, I clapped and I clapped and I clapped. And we won the competition. And it was so good to be in that crowd, and we all stood around, and I happened to turn around and that boy was standing in a circle behind me. I turned back… and then after some time we all went home….
That boy was only in XI or XII, don’t know which – never seen him before.. but he introduced his girlfriend to his mother or parents, I don’t know which – maybe one, maybe both, and it was the talk of the school. Oh I remember his name. It was Atul Tiwari.
They should have let me speak… I had practiced so much…. I taped my speech, and listened to it, over and over, and I learnt it by rote, but when I stood in front of the judge (Mr. Richards) to speak, it was all I could do to stick to the prepared speech. Ya, it was delivered at considerable speed.
I remember Sunday School. We had an elocution competition. I used to attend all the classes, but my sister never did. She wasn’t even enrolled. So anyway, the chapter was I Corinthians 13. The “Love is kind, Love is patient….” Chapter. So I mugged that up and stood to speak, and again, it was just not sticking to the script, I mean, the chapter, so I ran with it, and somehow managed to get it out, though I might have doubled back, and repeated some of it.
But apparently the judges liked it, because they nodded their heads, and awarded me first place. Oooh.