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.  🙂

 

 

 

The Sagittarius Saga

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I’v never really believed in the concept of zodiacs and sun signs. I just can not understand how can a person behave in a certain manner just because he or she was born in a certain month of a year! Nevertheless I’v always enjoyed reading all the horoscopes and stuff in the morning newspaper and laughing at the end of the day when I realise that my day had been exactly the opposite of what my horoscope claimed!

So today, when I was browsing the internet, I came across this article “Things to Know About Sagittarius Woman”. I obviously had to read this. I’m a Sagittarius woman and I really wanted to know what these “zodiac people” thought about me. And here’s what I think of the “facts” that were mentioned in the article.

The article started like this- Light hearted Sagittarius is the happy optimist of the zodiac. Fun, loving, and always high-spirited, Sagittarians add a wonderful dose of positive energy to any environment. For those born under this astrological sign, the glass is eternally half full. (OK, this is false when it comes to me. There have been many situations when I’v looked at the glass and felt like throwing it on someone’s face because it’s half empty!) 😛

1. Sagittarius woman are said to be drawn towards travel and philosophy.

My Views- Travel, yes. Philosophy, not really. Yes, I absolutely love to travel. I just can not stay at the same place for long. I need to go out and explore new places. And when you say philosophy, I just……..*doses off to sleep*.

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2.  Sagittarians are said to be highly intelligent.

My Views- False. I don’t know about other’s, but I’m miles away from what is intelligent. A simple balance sheet is enough to drive me bonkers, let alone anything that would require the functioning of my ‘leave-me-alone-I-don’t-want-to-work’ brain.


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3. Sagittarius women are often very successful at what they try to do.

My Views- This is completely false when it comes to me. I’v tried to understand calculus and trigonometry for years but I still can not make out head or tail of it. Also, I’v tried a lot but I just can not get the hang of riding a bike. The gears just fluster me to no end. Flying a kite is also included in this list. And believe me I’v tried hard to learn these things but I just can’t get them!

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4. Sagittarius women are often oblivious to how their words effect or hurt others.

My Views- True. I can be brutally honest. I lack the art of diplomacy when something irritates me and I just end up hurting the sensitive kind of people.

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5A sense of freedom is extremely important to Sagittarius women.

My Views- Absolutely true. I totally need to have independence and the ability to maintain my personal space in any relationship. I cannot be and most definitely don’t want to be tamed.

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6. Sagittarius women are idealistic.

My Views- True. I fall in love quickly and easily disappoint.

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7. Sagittarius women have very energetic natures.

My Views- True. I can not sit still. I love being on the go all the time. If you believe these ‘zodiac people’, they say it’s because of the ruling element of Sagittarius i.e. fire! I don’t know whether to believe this or not!

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8. A Sagittarius woman, if moody or depressed would hide this side of themselves from the rest of the world.

My Views- Partially correct. I hide my bad moods from the rest of the world but the person who causes that bad mood usually ends up feeling the wrath of my anger.

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9. To a Sagittarius woman, laughter is the root of all things.

My Views- True. For me, no problem or situation is too serious for laughter. 🙂

 

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