Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Marriage Of Convenience



When I was in school, life was definitely lot easier than today. Although there was no Google to help in school homework, we actually had good pen and paper to write. We didn’t need to charge the pen or worry about our written words getting lost just because we ran out of ink or because our pen crashed. However, that wonderful life ended with the start of the college life.

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From the first year itself, we were asked to write projects in computers. Although my friends were happy that they wouldn’t need to write out 4000-5000 words project, I wasn’t. I was deeply in love with my books and pen. I don’t know why but computers and I never got along from the very beginning (we were introduced in my 5th grade). Many times I have smashed the keys of the keyboard out of frustration and many times the computer has eaten away thousands of my words without an ounce of remorse. It was an all out war for us.


Situation worsened when I graduated and started working. My first job was in BPO and I was a customer care rep. My job profile was to offer billing email support to American customers. I started working with computers 10 hours a day. Both computer and I felt like a newly-wedded couple during that phase: two people who hated each other yet marooned with each other for life. As in any relationship, we had our ups and downs, fights and making up. However, with passage of time, we started compromising and making peace with each other.

Apart from using computers at work, I started using laptop at home for personal work. Net banking was introduced, so I started doing personal financial work online. eBooks were introduced, so I started reading them online. eCommerce shopping stores were introduced, so I started shopping online. You name it and I started doing it. However, here the point to be noted is, I used only 3 features of my laptop: browser (I love Mozilla Firefox), Word program and notepad program. I can read and shop in browser and write in Word and notepad. I was content and fulfilled.

However, good times do not always last. After bright day, comes a dark night. The same way, darkness entered in my life when my partner died one fine day. It simply didn’t open its eyes. It turned blue. I took it to the emergency ward of the hospital. The doctor checked it but he too couldn’t revive it. I had to bury my 5-year long partner. I went into long mourning.

Everybody told me that everything is supposed to die one day and I shouldn’t mourn so much. I should think about remarriage. I was quite young at that time and it’s quite difficult to spend your life alone. Or so I was told. I started thinking about potential partners. During that time, my brother had got a new Samsung tablet. As he had laptop too, he lent me his tablet for few days so that I didn’t make any hasty marriage decisions.

After using laptop for years, using tablet was awkward, specifically, the keyboard part. Whenever I wanted to search for something on Google, I would end up searching for another item because I did spelling error. I found the virtual keyboard too small for writing properly.

I download few books in the tablet and started reading it the same way I used to do with my ex. Maybe the tablet came to know that I was comparing it with my ex or whatever, it started getting hanged. Scrolling and flicking pages would take ages. It killed the entire charm of reading online.

And weight. I seriously was baffled about the weight of that tablet. It was lighter than laptop but it still seemed bit heavy to me for such a small size. My ex was heftier but it was bigger. So that was justified. What about this small, heavy tablet? What excuse did it have? (I personally think the tablet was gorging on pizzas when I used to go to work. As I didn’t have any proof about it, I didn’t make any accusations about it.)

Anyway, I was unhappy with the tablet enough to get married to another laptop. And I am in a beautiful relationship with it right now. No regrets.

But if somebody asks me what kind of tablet would I like to use, then my wish list is quite simple.
  • It should be easy to handle, i.e., light in weight to carry.
  • It shouldn’t take ages to execute simple commands, i.e., it shouldn’t go on holiday in the middle of work.
  • The virtual keyboard should be big enough that a normal human being can use it. Alas none of us are ants, having needle-sized fingers.
  • It should have good staying power. I would hate it if it dies in the middle of a hot scene.
  • It should be great looking, sexy beast (Which man doesn’t want tall, slim fair bride? So why shouldn’t I want tall, dark and handsome groom?).
So do you have any potential partner in mind for me? (Mind you, I am not talking about infidelity. I just need to be ready with the replacement if need arise.) I am ready to go on a blind date if you have one. (I just won’t tell my current partner about it and he wouldn’t be wiser. I really don’t want to hurt its feelings.)

This post was written for Lenovo Contest held by Lenovo in association with Indiblogger.in.

56 comments:

  1. Very creative of you..... i hope you don't use a tablet and a laptop together...polygamy is not allowed in India, remember ;)

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    1. LOL Ritesh...yeah, I don't think I will indulge in polygamy....ek hi thik se sambhal lo bohat hai ;) :D

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  2. I have never used tablets and have just bought my first laptop and I am facing the same problem as you.The keyboard is too small and my hand keeps brushing over the track pad and makes my cursor fly! That made me decide that tablets are not for me! But good luck for finding your Mr. Right and all the best for the contest :)

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  3. Hilarious!
    change the title as: "The love story of a non-techy girl" :)

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  4. Actually it is a kind of infidelity no? You tend to give so much of your time to it once you get addicted to the tab :).. nice one Pankti!

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    1. No Seeta...I will have tablet as a backup if my current partner dies a natural death. :P

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  5. I enjoyed reading this post Pankti! I liked how you have compared the leaps which our technology had made in the past. Very creative post, I must admit. Best wishes for the contest :)

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  6. wonderful, Pankti...enjoyed reading it...and the best part is the title itself ..All the best for contest :)

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  7. wonderful, really enjoyed reading it...and the cherry on the cake is tittle ...All the best for the contest Dear Pankti :)

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  8. I loved reading about your rendezvous with a tablet. Hehe.. Cute post Shaivi :D All the best.

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    1. BM, commented at the wrong place. I am not Shaivi X(

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    2. Meri toh band baj gayi! Sorry yaar.... I didn't even realize I did this :( My mouse is playing games with me! X( I remember I had written a sweet comment saying 'I loved your post, especially your requirements of a tablet" but this stupid mouse... X(

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  9. You're lucky... your wish-list for a tab is already a reality! And yes, tabs can be used even for banking transactions or even online purchases. The issues are not with the gadget these days... they are all with the broadband speeds. :)

    Nice post! :)

    Arvind Passey
    www.passey.info

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    1. I don't have tab...I used my bro's temporarily. I use laptop because I am more comfortable with it. Thanks for reading :)

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  10. All the very best for the contest :)

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  11. Most people use pcs exactly like you did... but tabs open a lot of possibilities like games, video calls, photography etc.. well written. All the best for the contest...

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    1. Prasad, my iPhone works great for what my laptop can't do...;)

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  12. Shouldn't go on holiday in the middle of work! :D Lol, you're very funny Pankti!
    ATB :) :)

    http://crispingcanary.blogspot.in/2013/11/to-turkey-with-so-much-love.html

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  13. "When I was in school, life was definitely lot easier than today." This first line simply hooked me emotionally. Very creative post Pankti. Thanks for visiting my blog...keep visiting it often

    http://cerebralrendezvous.blogspot.in/

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  14. I loved reading the changes which came in technology with time

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  15. Well written Pankti and all the best for the contest! :)

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  16. This is truly creative.. I love both my PC and my pen and paper and not to forget my cell phone too.. I end up writing a lot of my posts there too :D

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  17. This was a super cute way to deal with the adjustments to technology. I am a bit old fashioned as well, I love actual books, flipping the pages, pen and paper. But I can't lie, I love my MacBook too. We, pen, mac, and paper, work in harmony over these ways. haha. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LOL...I can imagine how you must be surviving with your pen, paper and mac :D Thanks for reading me!

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  18. Tablet agar ye padhega to uska to dil hi toot jayega! 😅 It was so fun to be on your blog after so many days! Arpitha's blog review would definitely not be disgraced by my comments, so I chose this post as my victim 😄
    laptop ko choddo, my eyes focused more on that most significant line of your post- talk, DARK?? Dark? Seriously? Women like dark men?? Maybe i will finally not have to very about tanning in Bhopal ! :P
    but seriously dark? 😆 that was the highlight of the post if you ask me!!
    And lastly, my condolences for your laptop. Maybe it's recycled parts will end up in your hands someday 😂

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    1. LOL! Of course, women like TALL, DARK and HANDSOME....please note that if you are dark but not tall and handsome, your darkness will render you useless :P BTW, my laptop died couple of years back...got a new lappy since then :D :D :D

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  19. I guess you never mentioned in detail about the visiting doctor who used to treat your partner. At times they were admitted in ICU when there condition worsened.

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    1. Jigar, that was too painful to write about! But let me say, that death was not an easy one! Thanks for reading me :)

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  20. I guess in this blog you also need to give some credit to the visiting doctor who used to treat your partner.

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  21. ROFL. Hahaha I can't get over the last list. My mind (dirty) is wandering in thousand directions. You deserved the win Pankti <3 <3

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  22. No wonder you won. I was chuckling all the way from beginning to end.

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  23. This is a very interesting post Pankti. Congratulations once again, for winning the award :)

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  24. This is a unique marriage. One of its kind. Shud not die in mid of hot scene . LOL
    a fun take and good title. Read it only now!
    Congos on the win
    Enjoy!

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  25. Did my comment get posted !?
    I told its a unique marriage . shud not die in mid of a hot scene- LOL!
    and loved the title too !
    a fun take
    Congos on the win. Read it only now

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    1. Thanks Afshan for your kind words :)

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  26. Congrats Pankti for winning 10K voucher :)

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  27. Phew! thats such an interesting take. Well deserved the win girl! Congratssss....

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