Thank you Marcos!
Where: A restaurant in Bangalore.
Scene: I am with 3 of my friends, sort of a farewell for me, after submitting my resignation at my previous company.
Friend 1: So Rajaram, where are you joining?
Me: I am going to Cyprus.
Friend 2: Ah, that’s a good company, Cypress Semiconductors, Its in Chennai , right?
Me: No no, Cyprus is not the name of a company, I am “going” to Cyprus
Friend 2: Sorry, I didn’t know that Cyprus is a city in USA.
Me: Cyprus is the name of a country …
Friend 1,2,3 : What ?? Where is this country ?
Me: Its in Europe..
Friend 1: In Europe, never seen it in any of the maps ..Is it a big country ?
Me: No, its a very small country , too small to mathematically scale it to normal maps..
Friend 2: ugh ..then why are u going there ..
Such was the general knowledge about the existence of Cyprus few years back. One of the main reasons I chose to come here was the “exoticness” imprinted in my mind about an island in the Mediterranean sea. I remember, back in school, during the geography exams, invariably there used to be a “map” question asking us to point out the Mediterranean sea and i used to search the globe trying my luck with all landlocked water bodies !!
I am thankful to Marcos, as he has saved me the trouble of explaining the history, geography, economics and what not to all the middle-aged relatives back in India.
All these relatives, after following the Australian open, would have researched enough to teach me a few things about Cyprus. Now, its listening time rather than talking time …