Memorable Facepalm Moments

After reading the newspaper headline Another leopard spotted and trapped, this time near Tumakuru, my friend says-

“What do they mean ‘another leopard spotted’? Don’t they all come with spots?”


The year is 2012. I am texting back-and-forth with a friend. We are to attend a seminar at Saffron Bay, Chowpatty Seaface.

I ask her about how we are planning on getting there. Her text reads:

“LGBT. Get down at Charni Road.”

I’m like ‘WTF?‘, so I ask her to elaborate.

It turns out she had seen the words LGBT and Mumbai local used together in a sentence in a newspaper headline. She had assumed LGBT was texting lingo for…

Let’s GBTrain.


The year is 2008. First year of college.

There is a new movie out called ‘Rock On!‘, about a rock music band’s journey- friendship, band splits up, then reunites after 10 years, etc. The usual. So I ask my mother for money to go watch it at the theatre.

Ayee, I need some money.” (Ayee is ‘mother’ in Konkani)

“What for?”

Rock On! \m/”

“Here’s ₹20. Get some for your sister as well. She’ll be home anytime now.”

“Wha-“

“Didn’t you say you are going out to buy raw corn?”

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The year is 2004. 10th standard.

Serena Williams is going through a bad phase. She hasn’t won a single Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2003. Our Chemistry teacher is telling us how important it is to not give up and keep fighting, despite failures. Just like Serena.

A hand goes up. One of my nerdy classmates, who knows nothing about sports:

Sir, what is a Serena?

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