What a difference!


It is really fun to watch the difference in the way my daughter and my son react to various situations.

Right from choosing what to wear, to the things they like, to the way they respond to people..they are so different!

My son just pulls out whichever T-shirt is right on top of the pile of clothes in his cupboard, even if it’s for a party or a family function. He says, “This is ok. I’m fine.”

On the other hand, my daughter agonizes over her clothes and accessories.

When my daughter calls a friend or receives a call, they exchange pleasantries, talk about TV shows and then warm-up to discuss the purpose of the call.

My son came up to me yesterday and asked if he could call his friend. I said yes.

As I watched, he called his friend. This is how the call went.

“Hi! I want to share a fact with you about dinosaurs.”

Then he rattled off some statistics about the Argentinosaurus (I think).

“Ok got to go. Bye”, he said and hung up.

The call took 30 seconds.

I asked him, “Was that all?”

“Yes mom”, he said.

Hmmmm.

Forward Ho!


For the umpteenth time today my phone pings indicating that I have 20 messages. Except for two of these messages, 18 texts comprise jokes, videos showcasing the unique talents of people, lectures given by people at University graduations, quotes by famous people & general messages with good mornings or have a nice day. Most messages have 5 smileys on an average.

I read some, skim through some and reserve the videos for later, when I will have the time to sit and watch them.

I suddenly wonder how the information super city looks – with all these messages bustling about, rushing from one phone to the next, bits and bytes flying through space and ending up as cohesive jokes on one’s phone.

I imagine rooms in this high-tech city where smileys are manufactured and sent to various mobiles and computers on a conveyor belt. 70 smileys and 20 winkies to that phone please…

I can imagine a harried robot supervisor, ensuring that likes, shares, forwards and sends are working smoothly.

I imagine certain jokes being forwarded over and over again…spinning on an elliptical belt in space with an algorithm that says visit every mobile once in 45 days. These come with a recycling feature. You delete them and they reappear on the belt only to enter another phone….

I can see a huge spinning gallery of pictures categorized into profile pics, holiday pics, year 2015 pics etc flying on a carousel, being sucked into various phones and mobiles.

This super city never sleeps. Come night or day, rain or shine, people’s texts, jokes, videos, tips for better living, stories that resonate with our beliefs, and many more, continue to be delivered seamlessly.

They bring small bursts of joy, wholesome laughter at times, mild exasperation if they are repeats and an automatic irresistible urge to forward them!! Forward ho!