Seaman’s eye.

GV Rama Rao By GV Rama Rao, 27th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ni7t4gh7/
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We see several things in our everyday life but miss some significant details.

Ship Captain.

This is a nautical term which means a sharp eye and a keen sense of observation, a sense particularly to find anything amiss or faulty. As a Ship Captain, I used to take immense pride in having a good seaman’s eye. I used to go on ‘rounds’ every morning just looking around everything in my way. My seaman’s eye invariably helped me to spot if anything were out of place or not functioning as it should be or likely to breakdown or would cause trouble. Timely detection of a fault is highly essential for running a ship efficiently without any mishaps.

Notebook.

I, therefore, kept notes in a note book and marked the works needing urgent action with a red pen. I called my second in command and ordered him to attend to all those points immediately and report back to me. I struck out the item only after he reported completion of action. I had often pestered him if any item remained incomplete in my list for long. I based my assessment of my second in command on the speed of his actions to attend to those points. My officers had hated my guts, but they also invariably remarked how fabulous my seaman’s eye was.

Unfortunately, when I applied the same practice at home, my wife and children revolted and told me in not so many words to mind my business. I am cross with my family for not keeping the house to merit approval of my seaman’s eye, but I thank them for confining me to the study and helping me to pursue my writing in peace.

Driver.

Nowadays, I employ a driver for my car, and in my spare time I teach him many things including the operation of the computer. Quick on the uptake, he had learned several things, including English and computers and advanced to a position of manager. Today, he is no longer a driver but a manger, for he manages most of the things in my house and proved himself to be thoroughly reliable. I am extremely happy my efforts to teach him have paid such marvelous dividends that I can entrust him many of my works.

My efforts could have gone waste, but he is keen as mustard and always keeps asking questions about several things. His thirst for knowledge and keenness to learn something new every day are remarkable.

The question.

A few days back he floored me with a question. He had shown me an advertisement for a watch and asked why all advertisements for watches show the hour hand on ten and the minute hand between ten and fifteen. I was taken aback for I had never noticed such a thing. I asked him to fetch dozen magazines of different kinds and checked the advertisements for several brands of watches. Surprisingly, my assistant was correct.

Readers' help

All the advertisements for watches whether Rolex, or Omega or any designer brand, invariably showed the time ten minutes past ten. My readers may kindly check this.
I racked my brains but could not find an answer. My inability to provide a satisfactory answer to his question troubled me immensely. My seaman’s eye, which had failed to notice this ordinary detail, deflated my ego altogether and hurt me more. I thought, as one who had commanded several ships successfully, I could boast of a seaman’s eye near perfect. However, my assistant has burst the bubble. I am still nursing my hurt ego and trying to find an answer. Can any of my readers provide an answer to the question?

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
I am a retired naval officer and a published author with three books to my credit. I am a winner of nanowrimo competition for 2008,9, &10. I like humor best..

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author avatar Carol
27th Oct 2012 (#)

That was very interesting Rama, thanks for sharing

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Carol. Do you have an answer?

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author avatar Buzz
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Fascinating bird's-eye view of your article, GV, while I'm aboard a domestic flight to my northern province. Typed this comment at 10:11 Saturday morning in Manila.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Many thanks for taking the trouble to read my piece in flight.

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author avatar vpaulose
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Interesting info. Thank you dear GVR.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
27th Oct 2012 (#)

vpaulose garu,
Many thanks for your visit and comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Oct 2012 (#)

Humorous piece dear GVR. Regarding the ads for watches and the time shown, I remember the reason given. That shows the best view - though I take that with a pinch of salt! siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks Siva for your visit and answer.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Oct 2012 (#)

Excellent post and very informative too. When I was undergoing staff college, we were all taken for a naval exercise in the Arabian sea. It was quite an experience

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Oct 2012 (#)

Madan,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
28th Oct 2012 (#)

When the first clock was invented on Earth , the time was noted as 10 : 10 .... so dat's actually birth time of clock!

Is it not very funny!

In fact, there's an answer here: http://goo.gl/1339E

and here: http://goo.gl/uCwmm

and finally here, The Ten Ten Tenet: http://goo.gl/8HYDx

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
29th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks for providing the answer.

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