Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Body Language - A Short Story

Gopal and Govind were good friends. Gopal was a union leader and he had to convince five key men in getting a hospital for laborers sanctioned. The five men were Govind, his friend; and Kumar, Yadav, Suresh and Pratap.
Gopal called all the five of them for a tea in a roadside tea shop. Gopal stood in front of a wall with his back facing the wall. All the other five stood facing Gopal. Kumar to the extreme left of Gopal. Then Yadav, Suresh, Pratap and Govind in the clockwise order. Govind was at the extreme right of Gopal.
Gopal was confident and spoke clearly and eloquently about the proposal for the hospital for laborers. He held his head straight and did not miss seeing anyone in their eyes. He spoke points in favor of the hospital in a logical way. His face was fully visible to Yadav, Suresh and Pratap when he spoke. Kumar and Govind were able to see his face only partially.
All the six of them went to the management and wrote a ballot whether they are in favor of a laborers' hospital or not.
In the evening, the management announces that they have seen the ballot and the laborers hospital cannot be sanctioned. Gopal was heartbroken. He did not believe it. He asked the management whether majority was against the laborers hospital. The management says that the consideration for laborer hospital was based on veto and one of you six has rejected the proposal for the laborer hospital.
Gopal then goes in search for Kumar and on finding him, he punches on his face and shouts, "You have betrayed us. Is it not?"
Kumar was apologetic and accepts that he did not favor a laborers hospital and voted against it. But he wondered how Gopal knew about it.
Gopal says, " I am good in body language. That is how I knew you have betrayed me."


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