A hospital-ity context
Year 1950. Location - Changanacherry, Kerala. A group of Roman Catholic dignitaries from Vatican landed in our College Campus run by the local Catholic Church, in a white 1952 State-of-the Art limousine. The College Management was more than delighted. The Malayalam Professor with a decent working knowledge in Latin and English was deputed to be the principal host. The Management was confident that the priest will do justice to his job. The guests were taken around the campus, the lab, the hostels, staff quarters, the local Roman Catholic Church..........
A medical centre was in their last itinerary and the time has come for them to depart. The guests profusely thanked the host and made a moving adieu. ‘Your hospitality was commendable’, the leader said. The Malayalam Pundit in his broken English gracefully acknowledged the gesture in his inimitable humble voice. ‘We do not have as much as one finds in a hospital; still we do an excellent job with what ever little we have’. The guests quickly retreated amazed.
( This story was woven as a suitable jolt to the Malayalam Professor who insisted that he would talk only Malayalam words in his class.