In my view the Pasha Dailies is not a blog just limited to me and what I have to say. It’s about whatever anyone has to say. So when my sister, Maria, sent me this little piece of writing, something I really enjoyed – I thought I’d post it here and see how you all like it.
So enjoy guys! Comments are welcome. We love to hear what ‘You’ have to say too!
As I drum my fingers next to my forever loyal companion…a lovely cup of tea; I think what should I write about.
(takes a sip…nothing like a good ol’ cuppa)
Since blogging seems to be the newest trend and my older sister is well on her way to becoming the next J.K. Rowling, I decide I must take a shot at it too. Afterall this is the digital age.
And that’s when it hits me!
I shall write about the one thing which no one can stop writing about: Ze gadgets and ze internet
But with a twist. The same story with something new!
(Not like the special K cereals which boldly say “less calories and more taste like never before” and leave you astounded with the gorgeous looking red berries on the cover and you believe that this time IT WILL BE WORTH IT…ok getting carried away)
Nah..this is a short blog but not about generation ‘Y’ (bends forefingers knowingly) but about the wonderful people who claim that the world was oh so much more simple when there were no machines.
Yes, our mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, cha-chas and chachis..masaat and maasi (I think my sindhi needs a little check here)
While I am excitedly and breathlessly writing this away like a scientist who has discovered the cure to cancer, my aunt is contentedly watching HUM TV dramas on…..YouTube.
Not so long ago I remember a ‘very brief’ conversation
Me: aunty, you should get a laptop…it’ll make life easier for you and plus you can video chat and watch movies and tv serials on it as well.’
Aunty: “what rubbish! I have a 40 inch tv so why would I squint and watch something on the laptop. Plus, I can make phonecalls through my mobile. And I won’t be able to understand how to use a computer”
As you see, very brief.
A few months later, my aunt returns from the land of the free (which actually seems to have freed her mind) with her new toy, a Sony VAIO
Aunty: “Maria…my WIFI isn’t working on my laptop”
Me (after I get over the double heart-attack of seeing a laptop and hearing the word ‘wifi’…it was all too much) : “Umm..I think there is something wrong…”
Aunty: “DON’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT MY LOVELY LAPTOP”
So, while I scrape away at the laptop like a rejected orphan who has to accept that the new baby is more precious than “flesh and blood” , I think about this new change and smile inwardly (despite the supreme snub) because I realize that our parents love the power of machines.
Another fine day with a fine cuppa, I sit and chat with Amma (another very brief conversation).
Me (as I look at her nokia with the keys falling apart, I try to find the appropriate words to soothe the upcoming blow) “amma, I think you should get a blackberry because your phone is now..well…a bit old fashioned…plus you get a lot of emails from your colleagues and it’ll keep you updated all the time”
Amma (takes a slow sip of her tea): “No”
Unfailing…a few weeks later, my mom arrived with her blackberry (all black and shining) and she gave it a special compartment in her handbag next to her lipsticks and ofcourse we weren’t allowed to touch it because “you girls always finish off my credit”
But a double heart attack was close (I don’t know how I survive them)
My mother joined WhatsApp
Me: “WOW Amma! You’ve joined whatsapp! That’s so cool!!!
Amma: J (she uses the emoticon) and I stare at the screen
Me: “WOW Amma! You’re using emoticons now!!
I think I near fainted. This is all too much. I almost cry out joyfully “my baby is all grown up” but then I realize the irony.
So as my cuppa finishes…I grin as I think:
ammas and babas, mamas and maamis, khalas and khalos and all the masaats and ohtis of this world
Admit it! You love the gadgets! But you know what…you guys are super cute
Amma: “Maria I think I will buy an iPad. This laptop is sooo heavy you know”
Me: “but but but…umm…ipad..do you know? Oh yes ofcourse you do..”