This morning I was doing my daily roundups of online news sites and I came across this article on Bill Gates by rediff.com.
Seems in his November 2005 visit to India, on one of the occasions he had to share the dias with Narayana Murthy. They were asked to test their mikes and Mr. Narayana Murthy said the usual ‘one, two , three mike check’, but Mr.Gates said ‘one billion, two billion, three billion’. The article goes on to describe how rich and modest he is and how much his personal property is worth (no guessing, its around $50 billion).
So I was thinking, even I could have said ‘one billion, two billion, three billion..’ but could I have pulled it off as good? If I were to really say that in public, the general audience could mistake me as …
one billion – current population of India.
two billion – people of Indian origin around the globe.
three billion – our population target for this decade.
Now as you can see its not a very wise thing to say. Doesn’t sound good at all .. does it?