Race Against The clockOne Monday morning, I woke up to realize that I was very late for a very important meeting. I have a habit of reading the editorial section of "The Hindu" every morning and try to analyse the topic in my mind for about 15 minutes. It is a unique sort of meditation technique which I believe works for me perfectly.
That day, since I was already running late I couldn't read the newspaper and while preparing my breakfast, out of curiosity, I just read the title of the primary editorial article which was "Against The Clock". One my way to the office, I tried to figure out the story behind the topic. Though I was sceptic about the actual content of the article and the meaning of the title, I was quite sure that the title happens to be an Idiom which I hadn't heard before. It looks like one of the easier idioms of the English language but it can be used in different scenarios when you do not have any idea of its actual meaning.
On reaching the office, I realized that I had forgotten to bring the pen drive that had some very important information regarding the meeting. When I told it to my boss, he replied this happens when you race "Against the clock".I somehow managed and the meeting went fine but now I wanted even more to know the meaning of this phrase but again I was running late on time.
Just after the meeting, I had to meet an old friend of mine at a coffee house a few kilometres away from my office. I reached the coffee house an hour late and the first words that my friend uttered on seeing me were "Why you are always against the clock". I laughed out loud for a moment to realize the meaning of this phrase and the irony of me not knowing the phrase and still executing it to the perfection for all the wrong reasons.
That day I realized, Idioms are not just the mere parts of speech, they happen to be adjectives of our lives.