A conversation means a dialogue. When called upon to write a conversation on any particular topic the student should remember the following:
In all ordinary conversation, the speakers often talk loosely for the sake of talking and seldom drive at any particular point. They seldom care for either form or logic and may even break half-way before they have reached a conclusion. But this is not permissible in a conversation to be written by the student. He must have a fixed purpose in view, and the arguments he will put into the mouth of a speaker must proceed logically step by step. Dialogue can never be interesting unless it has a smooth flow without any jerk or breaks anywhere.
The student has to be very careful about his language and he should try to make it as simple and idiomatic as he can. He will do well to read some good fiction, within easy reach of his understanding, and pick up an easy conversational style for himself. Unless he does that, he will never be good at writing conversations.
The technique of writing good conversations can hardly be taught in a mechanical way. It depends primarily on the writer’s own power of imagination, his sense of wit and humour and his command of the language. By a regular practice under good guidance, however, the student can improve a lot.
Examples of some conversation writing
1. A conversation between two friends.
Habib: How surprising! I can’t remember with whom our school is playing today.
Bimal: They are ‘Vagabonds’ as they call themselves. Look, there Mehabubda is leading his team out. You must admit that he is a good captain. Our boys also look a fine lot. don’t they, Habib?
Habib: Yes, they do. But the other side will be no mean match for them. We may expect an up-and-down game today- well-fought on both sides.
Bimal: Yes, that’s most likely. There goes the whistle. Look, Habib. Our forwards are pressing on! Oh! Paltu was off-side and has been held up. What a set back for our side!
Habib: But there, —our school has got a corner kick. Let us see what happens.
Bimal: (Holding his hands up and shouting at the top of his voice) Goal! Hurrah, a goal! (As the game is coming to its close)
Habib: Oh, the Vagabonds look like scoring any moment!
Bimal: Yes, the position is critical for us. What’s that? A whistle from the referee! A penalty kick in favour of the Vagabonds? Ah, — that means a straight kick into our goal.
2. A conversation between a doctor and a patient.
Doctor: So you are ill again! But, Nihar, I find nothing wrong with you except that your nerves are rather weak. Have you again been working hard?
Nihar: Yes, sir, our examination is coming. So I have to sit up late hours at night. And I can take no exercise during the day.
Doctor: Yes, that explains why you are so pulled down. But why do you forget that if your health should fail, you can never succeed in your examination?
Nihar: That is, sir, why I have come to you. Do please prescribe a good tonic. I want to pick me up quickly.
Doctor: I am sorry, Nihar. I won’t prescribe you any medicine. But shall I give you a piece of advice?
Nihar: Please do, sir.
Doctor: Stop overwork. Rise early and take plenty of fresh air and exercise. And shake the examination off your mind. That will make you fit soon.
3. A conversation between bus-driver and policemen.
Policeman: Hey, show me your driving licence.
Bus-driver: Why? What’s wrong with me?
Policeman: Where is your licence? Give it to me.
Bus-driver: But, sir, I can’t understand why are you demanding my licence. Is anything wrong?
Policeman: You can’t understand! You’re driving the bus beyond the permissible, speed-limit. Yet you’re arguing with me. Bus-driver: But, sir, you see the road is clear.
Policeman: Still arguing? I’ve no time to speak to you in this matter. Hand over your licence to me. You deserve punishment.
Bus-driver: But the road has been very clear. I’ve not done any wrong.
Policeman: I warn you for the last time. Hand over your licence or get ready for taking your bus straightway to the police station.
Bus-driver: No, sir. Don’t do that. Here is my driving licence. Please forgive me. I’ll be careful in future.
4. A conversation between teacher and student.
Teacher: Anil, do you know what our Paltu did yesterday?
Anil: No, sir. What did he do?
Teacher: He carried an old sick beggar on his shoulders to a doctor’s chamber. That saved the life of the poor fellow. Everybody praised Paltu for the noble work.
Anil: They should, sir. I do feel proud of him. But Paltu is not a good student at school and so he often goes neglected. I am afraid we do him an injustice.
Teacher: Yes, you are right. Don’t judge a boy by his doings in his examination alone. The school gives you mostly bookish learning which, by itself, does not constitute true education.
Anil: Yes, sir, that is my view also. Many of our so-called good boys had no love for others.
Teacher: You are right. These boys may shine in life but they will never command respect for selfless service. So here’s Paltu’s noble example for you to follow.
5. A conversation between two persons over telephone/phone.
Mr Ghosh: Hello, Mr Das!
Sourav: Hello, I’m Sourav, his son.
Mr Ghosh: Sourav, I’m Mr Ghosh, your father’s friend. Is Mr. das in?
Sourav: No, he hasn’t come back from work yet.
Mr Ghosh: At what time would he be at home?
Sourav: not before five. Can I take a message?
Mr Ghosh: Yes, will you tell your father that I cannot have lunch with him tomorrow? I’ve to meet an old friend who is arriving at Howrah station at 2 p.m.
Sourav: All right. I’ll give my father the message as soon as he gets in.
Mr Ghosh: Thank you.
6. A conversation between father and son.
Father: Narendra, it is time that you thought of choosing a career.
Narendra: Why don’t you choose one for me, father? You understand things so much better than I do.
Father: That may be so, but you should let me know your mind. So speak out.
Narendra: For myself, I should like to be a doctor. Some say that Engineering is the line of the day. But that may not suit me.
Father: Would you explain why Naren?
Narendra: I don’t think money is the sole objective of life. I want to live for an ideal. If I am a medical man, I shall get many opportunities to serve people in their sufferings.
Father: That is what people say before they get into that profession. But when they are in it, they run after money just like others.
Narendra: It may be so, father. But I feel strongly on the point. My heart bleeds when I see poor people dying for want of proper treatment. Should I ever get the chance, I shall serve them selflessly.
Father: Good, Narendra. May God grant you the chance you seek.