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My mother has a mobile phone. No this is not a post about people having mobile phones, it is not a novelty anymore, especially after the UPA government has promised free mobile phones worth 7000 crores to people living below poverty line. No they have not said anything about the electricity required to charge the batteries of these phones :D :D :D. Coming back to my mom's mobile phone, she has no idea how to save a number in the directory, and we have not bothered teaching her because then she will press some button and something else will happen. So she still maintains her good old, maroon coloured small pocket diary. So what happens when she has to dial someone? You must be imagining my mom wearing her glasses looking for the diary and then dialing up the number...NO.. she remembers them perfectly.. and dials it right :D :D, even my Stockholm number with the ISD code :) :).
I have not taken it from my mother. I cannot remember a thing. This evening my MIL asked me if I remembered the home number, or her mobile number, or Ritchie's mobile number.. and I said no, I don't. I am not carrying a mobile nowadays, so she is just worried that I might want to call someone and I don't even remember the immediate family members' phone numbers. So yes starting tomorrow I am going to memorize them and hopefully I will succeed. But the phone numbers are not the only issue and I am not new to forgetting things. I have a bad time with roads all the time. Four years in the same college and whenever I did not have my regular company of friends to go to college I would always return home from the station. Not that I was in love with my friends, it was just that I wouldn't reach college then!! I know I could have asked for directions and all, but somehow returning home was the easiest option for me :D :D
I remember while in Chennai, I was working on Mt. Road and living in Alwar Peth. I used to ride to Mt. Road everyday. I used to mark the road by the huge banner ads put up on the street. For eg. I knew I had to take a left from the banner which showed a 'Pothi's' Ad and ride straight in between some green coloured houses, so on and so forth. So one morning in my usual style I started off. At the signal, I looked for the 'GRT Jewellers' Ad and to my horror it was not there. Just then I realised there was this stupid drive to pull down all the huge banners blocking vision on roads on Friday. And today was Monday, the authorities had worked overtime or what?? O_O. Anyways not finding the banner I parked my vehicle just below those iron railings, where the banner was supposed to be, and called my friend Indu in office.
Me: Dee I am stuck here how to come to office?
Indu: Stuck means? where are you?
Me: At this signal near Saidapet, there was a banner from which to take right no..that is not there :(
Indu: Why ? are you planning to bring that banner alongwith you to the office?
Me: Paavi I don't know where to take the turn now
Indu: Where are you standing now?
Me: Right below where that banner was
Indu: So you are at that place only no...why do you need that banner to take right...just take right...do you have to place some offerings to that banner... (she sounded really irritated now)
With wide eyes of a cat who was lost, looked right and yippeee there was THE right turn :D :D How Indu reacted after I reached office cannot be posted publicly :/
But marking roads like this, happens when I am on my own. When I am with someone else I am least bothered to even look which side and where we are going, as long as we reach the destination, it really does not matter O_O...that btw is SuKugyaan note it down...very precious :D. I usually get into auto rickshaws only after fully being convinced that the driver knows exactly where I want to go. And once I am in the auto I pick up my phone and give that auto number and the driver's name to someone in the family (preferably someone who can remember it) and that too as loudly as possible so that the driver hears it, just incase he has any intentions of kidnapping me, he would know that it is not easy (another SuKugyaan :D :D).
If you think it is only about roads, hold your breath I cannot even remember my own street at times. Few months back in Stockholm, I walked into this building and tried to scan my keys to open the entrance gate. I kept holding the key to the scanner but then the door refused to even budge. Thankfully, another person who lived there was trying to enter the building, and I asked him if I could enter alongwith him, since my key is not working. He was suspicious and asked me if I lived there and once he confirmed, allowed me in. Went onto the second floor and to my horror the name plate showed me a different name, obviously because it was not our house...forget the house.. it was not even our building!!! Ran back into our street, found our building and what a relief when I scanned my keys and the door squeaked open O_O
So many instances like these, including one where I forgot my younger nephew's name and my sister got all pissed off!! You have no idea how much I thank my iphone now for guiding me everywhere...Google maps ki jai ho!! other things I just keep reminders now.... road directions are now stored in the notes of my phone..If it was not for the ever improving technology, I would be permanently in the lost & found department!!
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