When Mr Horrendous came to our rescue!It was really a critical problem and I was working with a few of my colleagues for a long time. We boarded the ship early in the morning with a hope of solving the issue by afternoon but it was getting more complex. The language created some barrier too. The crews were not Indian and most of them couldn't speak English. It's only the Captain who knew English and cooperating with us whenever he was getting some time. He was jovial and liked to do things himself many times rather than instructing others. I think he somehow understood the complexity of the problem and at times tried to make the atmosphere lighter by being humorous. It's a kind of energy that keeps you involved when things are not going in your way. The captain was telling us some stories also when his ship was stuck in the middle of the sea and ultimately had to be rescued by the Coast Guard team. He told how the ship averted a mishap. He used the term horrendous to describe the nature of the mishap and said if the critical problem we are trying to fix is not resolved it may really face a horrendous mishap anytime. He used the word horrendous a couple of times and we understood how terrible things can happen if you do not remain conscious when the weather is rough. When we were about to call it a day late in the afternoon another engineer from a different company entered to fix the apparatus he dealt with. I knew the person since we were working in the same field. After he did something in his apparatus our machine suddenly started behaving normally. We were really surprised and after a little analysis found that the feed from his apparatus that used to enter our machine was faulty in its format and since he rectified that fault everything started working normally.
The captain was very relaxed and asked the name of that engineer. His name was Mr Haren Das. It's a Bengali name and if you quickly pronounce both the name and surname it will exactly sound like horrendous. Since the captain was not an Indian he pronounced it in that way and started to laugh loudly. He was laughing so loudly that many crews gathered in front of him. He himself said to all of us "See how Mr Horrendous saved us from a possible horrendous mishap". Before this incident, I never thought that the name and surname in combination can sound just like another meaningful word.
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