Getting My Mom Online

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Being born in the 90’s, I belong to the generation whose parents had not seen much technology when they were our age. They technology then progressed at a much slower pace than now. Today every 15 day’s we have one or the other mobile company bringing out a new, advanced model of a cell phone. In our parents generation, there was this one land line phone which had extensions in all rooms and if you were discreet enough you could actually listen to the what your sister was talking on the phone with her best friend. 😛

I don’t know about other countries but back then, there was just one channel on the TV when my parents were my age, and the programs came only in the evening which consisted mostly of news and agriculture stuff. (India is mostly an agrarian economy and there was an entire show on crops and seeds and stuff!).

Now we have more than a 100 TV channels showing some random nonsense stuff 24X7. There are news channels, sports channels, channels for cartoons, and a lot of idiotic channels that show some horrible daily soaps.

Since our generation practically grew up with the growing technology, we had a pretty fun time going from those small mobile phones that used to have just one game (Mine had just this one game ‘Snake’) to now devoting our lives to our I-pad’s.

But bringing my parents at par with this fast paced technology is sometimes harder than getting a crocodile eat out of your hand and making sure it does not eat your hand along with the food.

So when my Dad got an I-pad, I made sure my mom learns how to use it. She was all “I can’t use the touch screen’, and ‘I don’t know how to get back once I open something’ etc etc.

Slowly and patiently we introduced her to Google, Facebook, You Tube, online magazines, and the various other applications on the I-pad.

Not that she had not been in touch with any technology. She had been playing games on our window’s PC for a long time. She’s a pro at “Freecell”.

It began with her finding all her long lost cousins on Facebook. She would go online and see their picture’s, send them messages and feel ‘connected’ to all of them.

Later, when we told her about You Tube, she found out infinite recipes for cakes, cookies, chicken chettinad, khandvi, and what not. It then progressed to hair care tips and home made face packs, to gardening tips.

Now, she watches all her re-runs of any show she misses out on TV.

My Dad was pretty surprised when he saw her working on the I-pad. According to my Dad, all the social media is a waste of time and kill’s a persons privacy. He is interested only in stuff that would help him in office. So his I-pad has been barely used by him. It’s more of my mom’s gadget now.

Recently my mom researched all the hill stations we could go to for a vacation, including maps and road routes. Google fascinated her. I can’t really blame her for that, I’m too pretty much in love with Google and every time I open it I pretty much fall in love with it again. Google is the only reason I finish my assignments on time. 😛

My mom is now on what’s app and keeps sending me and my sister funny video’s and forward messages.

She can be seen playing ‘Dots’ on the I-pad whenever she get’s time. She’s is competing with me and is trying to break my high score. I’v been bored of that game for like an eternity but she’s still pretty determined to beat me at it. That reminds me I really have to introduce her to some new game.

Her next venture is going to be Skype. I can only imagine her video calling me every time I’m late from college. :-/

I’m glad that she has learned all this and can now use the Internet without any assistance. But I can now see why she used to be all agitated at us for always being busy with our phone’s.

The scenario at our home is such these day’s that my sister who has her summer vacations and is at home is seen screaming at my mom for always staring at the I-pad. I remember when the opposite used to happen with me.  🙂

 

 

 

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The Daylight Insomniac

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I’m a daylight insomniac. That is because I have the sleep cycle of an owl. I’m wide awake with all my senses on alert at night and I laze around all day at work trying to stifle down my yawns because then everybody complains that looking at me makes them feel sleepy!!

So all the night I keeping trying to get some sleep but instead as the night gets darker, my sleep starts vanishing, and I end up being an insomniac at 2 in the morning. There have been tons of things that I tried to get myself to sleep at an appropriate hour but all of them were a massive failure.

I’v tried having warm milk before I go to bed. Avoided all kinds of caffeine, worked myself to death so that I drop dead tired on my bed, I even tried reading our constitution but none of them worked. 

So every night I end up being wide awake which results in my being totally sloshed at work. 

People usually ask me what do I do when I am up at night. And while I try and answer this question to the best of my abilities, they start suggesting me things that I can do. Like some say I should get all my pending work done, or iron my clothes or think what I want to wear to work tomorrow and save time in the morning. I always nod and give a thoughtful expression to them so that they stop bugging me. I try and do all that people suggest me but actually here’s what I end up doing :

1. Look around my room and think I really need to clean it.

2. Then think ‘What the hell, I’l do it some other night’.

3. Take out my I-pad and randomly watch videos on you tube.(Wedding videos are my current obsession) 

4. After an hour of watching videos gets bored and start watching random episodes of Friends, HIMYM, Big Bang theory, or at times even Mahabharat.

5. Take out my camera and think ‘I’l click some pictures of the calm night’ only to realise that there are bats flying outside which scare the shit outta me. (There is a family of bats in the garden that my house faces.)

6. Open the fridge to find something to eat. Stand there for like 15 minutes and then walk back to the cupboard where all the biscuits and cookies are kept and stuff my face with them.

7. After finishing 8 packs of cookies realise that you were supposed to be on a no sugar diet and in that guilt eat another pack of chocolate chip cookies.

8.Lie down thinking that is the only way to sleep, only to end up staring at the fan for like an hour.

9. Wondering whether I should call one of my bestie and ask her to help me get some sleep.

10. Open Facebook and stalk all my high school friends profiles.

11. Look at the clock and realise it’s 6 in the morning so I should actually get some sleep now. Fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow and wake up at 10 only to realise that I’m late for work. Again.

Life Without A Mobile Phone

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From the past few days, work has been pretty hectic in office. And since I’m the least productive person there, my dad has pulled up his socks to make sure that I work hard this month, even if that means that I have to be completely tortured with balance sheets which to me appear as if they’ve been written in Chinese! (Yeah! Even though I’m a commerce graduate, a balance sheet freaks the hell out of me).

Therefore, I was specifically asked to switch off my phone and put it away! *shock*  *gasp* *horror*

Imagine life without your beloved phone! It was like asking me to stop breathing! I mean I hardly use my phone in office but it’s still in front of my eye’s and I can any time pick it up and see what’s going on in the world! But with my phone being switched off it was like being left on an isolated island on a different planet!

I tried to argue but obviously my arguments were not considered worthy of being heard 😦 . So I put my phone on silent and kept in my bag.( I could not switch it off. People would have thought I’m dead!)

For the first couple of hours, I was on the edge of my seat wondering if anyone pinged me or called me. I did cheat a little when I found out my friend was sick and I called to check if he was fine. The next two hours I was relatively calm. And after that, I totally forgot about my phone because I was literally neck deep in work. We went home really late last night and I just crashed into my bed without even changing because I so tired!!!

And now, before writing this post I realised that it’s been 24 hours since I last checked my phone and I’m not freaking out any more. That’s also because Iv been logged in on Facebook and Twitter on my PC but still!

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Earlier, like everybody around me, I used to think that life without my phone would be impossible. just the thought of not being constantly in touch through my phone would drive me crazy! But now, after a complete day of not using my phone, I realise I have actually worked without being disturbed or by thinking whether or not my Phone is ringing.

Yes, mobile phones are blessing for everybody. It had changed the way of life for the everybody around the world. But we are increasingly becoming dependent upon these devices. Numerous applications have made sure that everything we do, it’s on our phone.  Be it workout, cooking, reading etc. You name it and the mobile company’s have it.

However, it is a reality that advantages and disadvantages are like both sides of a coin, so as any other thing, mobile phone also has some downsides. For example, people are going to face some diseases which come from using mobile phones like deaf and loud-noise syndrome. On the other hands, people are losing ability of face- to-face communication.

So yeah, mobiles are an important part of our lives, but lets not be so dependent on it that losing it would be equivalent to having a heart attack! 😛

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B-O-R-E-D

There are days when everybody around me in office is busy. Stressed out to be specific because they have so much work, they can’t understand how to finish it. And I sit just staring at my computer screen wondering how do I have nothing to do when everybody around me is neck deep in work!

On such days facebook is my saviour. I log in and start browsing through the pictures of all the photographers I follow, mentally taking notes for new and creative ideas.But sometimes there are no updates on facebook and I end being more bored of facebook than my office.

That is when the mental torture begins. I can’t do anything in office since I have nothing to do that day but I’m forced to sit and wait in case something comes up that needs to be done by me. And I can’t do anything on any god forsaken social networking site because they are even more boring!

*bangs head on the wall*

 

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