Me: Hey, what do you think of this whole Phaneesh Murthy fiasco?
V (looking bored): Well, he seems to be the only colorful guy in an otherwise lackluster industry.
Me (really not expecting that): Umm.. yeah.. That’s an interesting way of looking at it. But, still, didn’t you find the whole thing a little stupid, especially when done twice over?
V (still disinterested): That’s quite obvious. You do have a knack for stating facts that are already staring us in the eye.
Me: Oh please. It is the art of small talk. I wish the art could be taught to some people I try having conversations with.
V (uberly tired of the talking, and gazing elsewhere): You could try that.
Me (still persisting): I read somewhere that he had sold a bulk of his shares last month. Don’t you think he saw this coming?
V (with feverish excitement): That’s bad. That’s really bad. That is very very bad.
Me: Wow! So, in this whole episode, the only point that has shaken you is the money.
V (dismissively): Obviously. That seems to be the only interesting aspect of the issue.