An old lady ambled her way through the drawing room to reach a dilapidated desk perched in the corner of it…..
Slowly, she opened the drawer and pulled out a “HP Compaq laptop”……Technology had advanced and the laptop was what her grand children would call an antique piece … The thought brought a smile to her lips….They were not likely to understand its significance… It was her most treasured possession… After-all, she had spent 4 long years hooked to it when she had been a young Under-Graduate student….
Age was taking its toll on her… She felt weak.. She was a grand old lady of 80 yrs, thanks to the medical advancements!!!
She switched on the device…. She still used the Windows 7 OS… Her son had once tried installing Noodle7.0, the latest version, but she had refused… “Old is Gold”, she had proclaimed stubbornly… She wanted to relive those wonderful moments of her life, and she wanted all things to remain in-tact… It was beautiful that way, she had felt…
She clicked on the Google chrome icon which flashed on her screen… The very first bookmark was a link to her blog… she clicked it…
A page opened and she navigated to the 2011 archives…That was the year when she had decided to document her “conversations” on her blog… It was the very last year of her college life and something within her had forced her to do it…She felt glad that her” joblessness” had resulted in something for her to cherish several years down the lane… She realised that she had done that for herself… She had wanted to remind herself constantly of the fact that she had had some wonderful, albeit subtle moments in college…
Well, well, how things had changed….Man proposes, but God?????
Her mouse pointer hovered over an article which she had written ages back, right after a Gtalk session with her friend..The post was titled :
“Arranged marriage/ Love Marriage!!!!”
Scene1: Time 11.00 pm IST:
Onions: hey!!! Caught you ol, finally!!
Bee: hey!! Loooong time!! How u??
Onions: Me, fine, dude…so, wassup your side??? Any “ progress” ??? (*now when 2 girls are in a conversation, progress always refers to the domain involving guys!!*)
Bee: none, man… arranged marriage, it’ll be, I guess…:-(L
Onions: what???????????? I was looking forward to some juicy gossip!!! U disappoint me, dude!!!
Bee: Watto do!!! The new place has done no good to me…. No good cases here, you see….
Onions: Oh!!! :-(…maybe you are keeping your “<3”>
Bee: Nopes…it’s wide open… Jus that I’m hapless…well, never mind that…Howz it goin on, your side?? Mom has started Guy Mining???
Onions: AAAARGH!! Why do you ask??? Some 2-3 called her and…. …….Bt, I’m hoping to catch one for myself @ workplace….I’ve asked her 2 leave me alone for another 6 months…..
Bee: why????????I’ll tell you what??
Onions: What is it, Mam?? My screen is waiting to receive ur advice:-p
Bee: Date the guy mom finds for you… BEST…
Bee: yeah!! That’s the best… Gals like us have too many conditions.. Not possible to pick a guy from the given lot…He has to be a vegetarian, teetotaller, tall, good parents, preferably no sister!!!! Long list, dude..
Onions: you gotta point there!!! Shiz!!!
Bee: and, that’s going to make your parents happy too!!! What more do you need???
Onions: And the best part is, you’ll find one sooner!!! Your attempts may turn out to be futile, but, mom’s??? 100% assurance.. It’ll work….You convinced me all right, dude…
Bee: not just that !! you are 21.. 22 almost… High time you settled down, dude!!!!
Onions :So, your verdict??
Bee: Arranged marriage!!!! Go for it!!!!
Onions: er, I guez it’ll go well with my image too…. If things don’t work, Himalayas beckons us !!!!:-p:-p (*himalayas is the destination for those seeking a cure for frustration*)
Bee: Cha !!! Count me out!!!
Onions: TRAITOR !!!!!!!!!!!
(*connection breaks at one end due to technical glitches*)
The old lady closed the browser, heaving a sigh….So much for that conversation!!!!
What life has in store for one……..Well, Well… What can one say !!!!!!!!?????only time can tell…