Talk about an interesting old person you met (IELTS Cue Card May to Aug 2019)
Talk about an interesting old person you met
- Who is this person? How you met him? Why you found him interesting?
I know many old persons, but here I would like to talk about my friend Sonia’s grandfather. I met him about 6 months ago and I found him very interesting. His name is Mr Jaswant Singh. He is in his mid seventies. He is not tall, but looks very handsome. Even at this age he is very lithe and agile. Sonia tells me that he is very health conscious, and never misses his morning and evening walk. He retired as a colonel from the Indian army. Once I visited Sonia’s place to work on a project and there I met him for the ﬁrst time. He was sitting in the lobby doing something on his laptop.
I found it very interesting that a person of his age was so comfortable with a laptop. He was placing an order at Amazon.in for some headphones. My parents ﬁnd it diﬃcult to handle a smartphone and he was using a laptop like a pro. He greeted me very warmly and so I started chatting with him. I was amazed at his vast knowledge. He told me stories of his life in the army. He told me how he participated actively in the Kargil war. So now whenever I go to Sonia’s house, I make it a point to sit with him for some time and learn something new.
lithe and agile: फुर्तीला और चुस्त
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
- Do you think old people and young people can share the same interest?
It may sometimes be diﬃcult for old people and young people to share the same interests. Young people are generally more energetic, so they prefer outdoor sports, but old people can only play those games which are not physically trying. It would be wrong to say that they cannot share the same interest. They both can share the same interest in TV programs, movies, indoor games, etc.
- What skills can the old teach the young?
Old people today have seen a lot of changes in their lifetime. My grandfather has told me many stories of how diﬃcult his life was when there were no vehicles and horses were used for transportation. He has also seen a lot of technological advancements. For example, the evolution of music started with radio and was followed by gramophones, cassette players, cd’s and dvd’s, and ﬁnally I-Pods and Mobile Phones. The most important life skills such as adaptability, versatility and openness to change, can be taught by the old to the young.
versatility : बदलने की योग्यता
- What skills can the young teach the old?
Young people are faster at learning about modern technology and better at operating gadgets. They can deﬁnitely teach these skills to old people. Also, since young people are now entering various businesses, other young people understand them and can do a better job of negotiating prices of goods and services. This too is an important skill for old people who are always keen to get a good bargain.
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
“आपकी प्रतिभा भगवान का आपको दिया हुआ उपहार है। आप जो कुछ इसके साथ करते हैं, वह आप भगवान को उपहार स्वरूप लौटाते हैं।”
“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.”
“किसी व्यक्ति के दिल-दिमाग को समझने के लिए इस बात को न देखें कि उसने अभी तक क्या प्राप्त किया है, अपितु इस बात को देखें कि वह क्या अभिलाषा रखता है।”
elbow grease: If something needs elbow grease, it needs a lot of hard physical work.
- We’ll need a bit more elbow grease to get these walls really clean.
- The secret of a really shiny car is turtle wax and elbow grease.