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Most people find disruption annoying, but is it always a bad thing? Today we are discussing the pros and cons of being disrupted.

प्रवासातला व्यत्यय एक डोकेदुखी ठरते, पण खरंच त्यांचा काय त्रास होतो? आजच्या भागात कामातल्या व्यत्ययामुळे होणाऱ्या फायद्या तोट्यांबद्दल आपण चर्चा करणार आहोत.  

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Positive disruption

Most people find disruption annoying, but is it always a bad thing? Today we are discussing the pros and cons of being disrupted.

प्रवासातला व्यत्यय एक डोकेदुखी ठरते, पण खरंच त्याचा काय त्रास होतो? आजच्या भागात व्यत्ययामुळे होणाऱ्या फायद्या तोट्यांबद्दल आपण चर्चा करणार आहोत.

Quiz

How much time did UK rail passengers lose as a result of service disruption between 2016 and 2017?

a) 1.6 million
b) 3.6 million
c) 5.6 million

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Tejali
नमस्कार मित्रांनो! Hello and welcome to English Together, असा शो जिथे आपण चर्चा करतो निरनिराळे विषय आणि त्यासंबंधित शब्दांची. मी तेजाली आणि माझ्यासोबत आहे टॉम आणि शान.

Tom
Hello everyone! I’m Tom, thanks for joining us again and I’m with…

Sian
Hi everyone. Yeah. I’m Sian.

Tejali
What’s wrong Sian?

Sian
I’ve had a terrible day!

Tom
Why don’t you tell us about it? What happened?

Sian
My train was late! That made me late for my meeting with the boss! It disruptedeverything!

Tejali
That’s annoying!  Disrupt म्हणजे व्यत्यय, अडथळा.  ट्रेन विविध कारणांमुळे बंद पडतात. कधी रेल्वेचा रूळ तुटतो, कधी सिग्नल यंत्रणेत बिघाड होतो, तर कधी मेगाब्लॉक असतो. याचा मुख्य फटका बसतो तो प्रवाशांना. यात अडकून पडल्याने मौल्यवान वेळ तर वाया जातोच पण त्यामुळे आर्थिक नुकसानही होत. ‘Which’ या युकेमधल्या प्रवाशांच्या एका गटाने याबद्दल एक पाहणी केली, रेल्वे बंद पडल्याने २०१६ -१७ मध्ये तिकडे किती नुकसान झालं? तीन ऑप्शन्स
a) 1.6 अब्ज तास
b) 3.6 अब्ज तास
c) 5.6 अब्ज तास

Tom
Hmm… good question! But, is it fair to describe these hours as ‘lost’ hours?

Sian
Well, I can’t ‘find’ my missing work from this morning, can I?!

Tejali
आज आपण बीबीसी रेडियो 4 च्या The Human Zooयाच्यातली एक क्लिप ऐकू.असे प्रवासात, रेल्वेमध्ये अडकून राहणंही कधी कधी चांगल असतं, हे कसं चांगलं याबदल आजचे पाहुणे सांगतायत.   

Presenter
You’re saying disruption in general can be good?

Guest
Well, of course if you’re a passenger on railways then you think disruption is a bad thing. But, in a more general context, disruption may actually be, sometimes be helpful and may actually help us think about things in new exciting ways and it’s interesting that we don’t feel that. We don’t feel the opportunity as much as we feel the danger.

If we don’t allow disruptive change we can’t find new, really interesting ways of doing things. So though we have a bias against disruption, that bias may not necessarily be a good thing.

Tom
Interesting!

Sian
What did he mean “we have a bias against disruption”?

Tejali
A bias
म्हणजे पूर्वग्रह. Well, if we are biased against disruption it means we always see disruption negatively and we can’t see the opportunities it provides!

Sian
Hang on, what opportunities did me being late provide?!

Tom
Well, for one, we have a topic for today’s programme! That’s an upside, surely.

Tejali
An upside 
म्हणजे परिस्थितीची, गोष्टीची चांगली बाजू. Right! Being late for your meeting was definitely a downside!

Tom
How was your meeting with the boss, anyway?

Sian
Well, it was good, actually! I didn’t have time to prepare so I just spoke to the boss naturally.

Tom
There you go! That’s an example of positive disruption! Sometimes it’s good to shake things up a bit.

Tejali
To shake things up a bit म्हणजे, बदल घडणे, गोष्टी वेगळ्या पद्धतीने करणे.  So was your last-minute meeting stressful, Sian?

Sian
Hmm… I was quite shaken up at the end!

Tejali
शान म्हणाली she was shaken up म्हणजे घाबरणे, किंवा तणाव येणे.

Tom
So… you haven’t told us what actually happened in the meeting.

Sian
Well, actually, they liked my new idea – and we’re going to make the new programme!

Tejali
That’s fantastic, congratulations!

Tom
You see, Sian? Every cloud has a silver lining!

Tejali
That’s right! Every cloud has a silver liningम्हणजे काही अडचण असली तरी त्यातून काहीतरी चांगलं शोधणे, दु:खातही सुख शोधणे.

Sian
Well, I suppose even missing your train can have its upsides!

Tejali
बरोबर, आणि आता तू ट्रेनबद्दल म्हणालीस तर आजचं उत्तरही सांगते. ट्रेन बंद पडल्यामुळे युकेमध्ये गेल्या वर्षी 3.6अब्ज तास वाया गेले आहेत. आपल्याकडच दृश्यही काही वेगळं नाहीये.   

Tom
It does make you wonder, though, doesn’t it? How many positive things could have come from those disruptions? People could have fallen in love at the train station whilst they were waiting for their train!

Sian
Now you’re being overly idealistic, Tom.

Tejali
Idealistic
म्हणजे आदर्शवादी. Yes, Tom – it’s hard to be idealistic when your train’s late!

Sian
Every cloud may have a silver lining
, but it’s still not nice waiting for a train!

Tejali

I think most people agree on that! ट्रॅफिकमध्ये तुमचाही वेळ जातो का? हा वेळ तुम्ही कसा वापरता? तुम्हाला याचा वैताग येतो की तुम्ही याची upsides म्हणजे चांगली बाजू बघता? याची downsideम्हणजे तोटेही आहेतच. याचा वैताग येतो का तुम्हाला? आजचे आणखी काही शब्द. To shake thingsup म्हणजे बदल घडणे किंवा गोष्टी वेगळ्या रितीने करणे, to be shaken up म्हणजे घाबरणे आणि idealistic म्हणजे आदर्शवादी. आज इथेच थांबू. तुमच्या प्रवासातल्या वेळेचा उपयोग तुम्ही कसा करता? आमच्या फेसबुक पेजवर नक्की सांगा, पुन्हा भेटूया English Together च्या पुढच्या भागात ! Bye!

Language


a bias against (something)

When we have a bias against something, we are likely to perceive it in a negative way. A ‘bias’ could here be understood as a ‘prejudice’.

People said that the candidate lost the election as he was biased against immigrants.

If we are in favour of something, we have a bias towards it.

The primary school teacher had a bias towards girls, as she thought that boys were too noisy!

We can also use the adjective, biased.

Don’t ask my father for an objective opinion on the subject – he’s biased!

to shake things up
To shake things up means to begin to do things in a different manner than usual. It can be either a positive or negative expression, depending on the context.

Everyone was working well until the new boss came in and shook everything up! Now we're so confused!

My son was lazy in school last year but his new teacher has really shaken things up! Now he’s positive and motivated thanks to her methods.

We sometimes describe the victims of disruption as being ‘shaken up’. This is a negative expression which implies shock and/or distress.

The children weren’t hurt in the car accident, but they were very shaken up.


Upsides/downsides
An upside is the positive outcome of a given situation. We can use it with the preposition ‘of’.

The upside of my phone being stolen is that my insurance company gave me a better one for free!

When discussing a negative outcome we use the word downside.

When the robber stole my phone they hurt my arm. That was a definite downside.

Positive disruption

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Session Vocabulary

  • disruption
    व्यत्यय 

    a bias against (something)
    पूर्वग्रह 

    downside
    तोट्याची बाजू, कमतरता 

    upside
    चांगली बाजू 

    every cloud has a silver lining
    प्रत्येक ढगाला रुपेरी किनार असते

    to shake things up
    बदल होणे 

    to be shaken up
    घाबरणे, हेलावून जाणे  

    idealistic
    आदर्शवादी