Me and technology!

Technologically insufficient that I am, it came to no one as a surprise that it took me one whole month to decide upon a new phone for myself!

However, it sure surprised my friends to know that I didn’t go for a Blackberry (that’s the current trend, isn’t it?), my parents – for not once did I pester them into buying me an iPhone, but most surprised was my brother – because I actually listened to him and settled for an Android phone 😀
The transformation from using a Nokia 5233 to being the proud owner (?) of an android was indeed awesome (at least initially).
I had never really imagined myself using a device that would let me shop for ‘applications’ on an online market, neither had I expected a device to have an ‘application’ for almost every action – calls, messaging, phone lists, email, recipes, speedometer, call blocker and a horde of other apps – all just a download away!
Just like my brother, Google became a deity to worship, for me!
However, just like all good things come to an end, my happiness and newly found pride at owning an android were short lived, too.
Having had the sweet dreams of showing off my new gadget to friends, and fooling around with Crouching Panda or Talking Tom, I woke up to the nightmare of seeing my phone battery at a 15% charge! “Its the apps, didi. Start carrying your charger along wherever you go”, my Google-defensive brother argued. “WHAT!? It was at a 100% charge just last night!!”, I almost fainted. Carry my charger along? My dear Nokia never really asked me to do that! How demanding could my new phone possibly get on the first day itself, I wondered.
Barely had I come to terms with a battery that dipped faster than the temperature of Antarctica, that my explicitly demanding phone started showing symptoms of acute madness – IT STARTED HANGING every time there was an application overload!! (RAM issues- my brother explained)
What would drive a smartphone to go such lengths? Not me, for sure! “Its a mini robot, didi! With a highly customizable interface”, my brother tried pacifying me. Blah. As if I understand all that Greek & Latin. How was that related to my phone hanging almost 10 times a day?!
I realised, I’d have to spend at least another year and a half carrying my charger along (makes me feel like an old lady carrying her set of false teeth at all times) and managing an ‘application overload’ with the phone hanging 😐
There were reports and allegations of Google having ‘borrowed’ the android design from the iPhone. But my question is, couldn’t they borrow the battery life from Nokia, instead?
So till the next time I start ranting (and my phone stops hanging), I shall relish the Eclair, Frozen Yoghurt, Gingerbread and Ice-cream Sandwich 😉
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My daughter, my life – Expresso ’11

Ananya!

Here’s wishing the most beautiful daughter a very happy birthday!
I hope mom has not given this letter to you at 12..you must be flooded with calls! Answer them, I’d love to see you laugh! How are you betah? I miss you a lot.
I miss you every moment. I’d always wanted to see you grow up into the beautiful young lady that you are today. I miss you very much.
Do you still hide under the table every time mom comes to you with carrot juice? Ah, I forget again..you’re a pretty young lady of 16 now! This is your first year at college, isn’t it? Wow! My little one finally turns big.
I’m sorry for what I did to mom and you, Anu. You’re mature enough to understand me now. I pray every day for you to forgive me. I’m sure you will, someday. I let you down and left you & mom alone to fight your own battles. But I really love you’ll and every moment I only wish that I could be with the two of you. I wish I could be right there with you today, I wish I could continue taking you to the park on every week end and I wish we could be a happy family again!
Anu, I write to you to tell you that life is the most beautiful gift given to us by God. So cherish it! And make the most of it. Live every moment of your life to the fullest, make the most of it and enjoy it!
I know you’re a brilliant child, Anu. I’m sure you’ll achieve success in everything you do. But just one request – keep your mom happy, always, and make her proud..I failed at it, but my hopes are pinned on you now!
I’m just randomly going on and on, and you must be wondering why. Its just that I have so much to tell you, but words fail me. I wish I could talk to you right now!
I’m sorry, child. I didn’t listen to you. I should’ve quit smoking. Maybe then, cancer wouldn’t have gotten the better of me and maybe my little girl wouldn’t have missed her papa so much.
But don’t you ever feel alone, my child, cuz your papa is always looking at you from right up there in the sky. Your papa loves you a lot, Anu and misses you a lot!
And finally, you must remember one thing..you will never find me gone..cuz I have you with me – my daughter, my life.