Child Is The Father Of Man.

I recently wanted to consult an optometrist in my neighbourhood and sent the following message to him on his WhatsApp page.

“Hari Om. Namaste.

This is R. Rajgopaul, Ranjan’s father.

Please call me when convenient tomorrow morning. Thank you.

Regards.Hari Om. Namaste.

This is R. Rajgopaul, Ranjan’s father.

Please call me when convenient tomorrow morning. Thank you.

Regards.”

There was a time when my son Ranjan had to introduce himself as my son but, now the tables are turned and I have to introduce myself as his father.

What Has The Lockdown Done To/For You?

By the time this post gets published, India would have been under full or partial lockdown for 79 days. During this time, I have not left my home and have not received any visitors to meet me.  All contacts with the outside world has been through telephone, texting and email.  Other than my immediate family who share my home with me, I have not met anyone.

The first thing that the lockdown did to me was to stop my daily supply of newspapers and my morning indulgence of seven crossword puzzles. Luckily for me, the supply has started again a few days ago, though one paper, containing the toughest puzzle, which used to come from Mumbai is yet to restart in Pune where I live. None of the periodicals that I have subscribed to, have resumed supplies again.

This spare time was spent on looking for news on my smartphone which led to getting involved in many debates / arguments with members of some groups with differing ideologies and points of view. An obsession also developed to keep going to the smart phone to check for new postings on WhatsApp and twitter.

In this process I lost my power of concentration and was unable to indulge in my next favourite pastime of reading books. I was simply unable to focus and I discussed with another friend who also had the same problem but, who had diagnosed it as anxiety syndrome. I promptly contacted my Psychiatrist, who confirmed that it was indeed so and also that it is quite widely prevalent now. He suggested that I should not worry about it and prescribed some supplements which improved my concentration and I am now able to read books.

I started attending a web meeting of a social group of which I am a member and it has been a completely new and fascinating experience to me.

Another development was that my eyesight started getting to be blurred, and this was diagnosed by my Ophthalmologist as being due to too much time spent on the smart phone. He too said that this too is quite widely prevalent and asked me to reduce the time I spent on it. I duly dropped out of some WhatsApp groups after explaining and apologising and hopefully, things should improve in the next few days.

I haven’t been able to get a hair cut and so the friar’s fringe is now beginning to look like a strange type of duck tail.

I have been able to meditate for longer and this has been the greatest development due to the lockdown.

Other than these, I have had a fairly comfortable time being fussed over by my son and daughter in love. Lucky me!

This is my take on this week’s Friday 6 On 1 blog post topic. The other five bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, PadmumRaju, Shackman and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Shackman. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

Typo.

During the lockdown, my daughter in love Manjiree had to go off to her mother’s place to be with her mother during a particularly trying time as her grandmother (Nani) was seriously ill and had been admitted in a hospital.

During her absence a dear friend SK was getting home cooked food for me and my son Ranjan.

Nani did not recover from her surgery and passed away and I sent a message to my SK by WhatsApp which I reproduce below.

“Manjiree and her mother have moved to my home after creating Nani.

No need to trouble you any more. Thanks for your help.

At your convenience please drop the other bag/carrier so that I can return both to my friend.

Thanks once again. I look forward to meeting all three of you after this tha Asha is over.

A person Affectionate regards.”

Earlier this afternoon, SK finally decided to ask me for clarification on what I meant by creation of Nani. Naturally I was zapped and asked him to send me the message back to me as I had erased it at my end. I discovered that it was cremation and not creation. There were also two other typos – the last but one line should read as “thamasha” instead of “tha Asha”; and, the last line should not have “A person” in it at all.

Autocorrect at its best and a lesson for me to edit before pressing the send button in future messages.

Thank you SK.

Shutdown Effect.

Since the shutdown due to the current Corona pandemic, traffic in my WhatsApp has increased so much that I have to recharge my cellphone twice a day. Most of the content is not worth writing about but two clips today made things very interesting indeed.

The first one that I received in the morning from my friend Anil, was this one of a deer having fun on a beach in Goa.
The deer has obviously come down from the woods adjoining the beach in some part of Goa.

Here is another forward received from another friend from Mumbai of Peacocks and peahens appearing suddenly in out most crowded city, Mumbai.

What an impact the shutdown has had in our wildlife!

The next one came from another friend in Mumbai that is very interesting indeed. Some remarkable skullduggery in the form of optical illusion helping our friends from the Marketing field.

Emojis.

Modern communication has increasingly been taken over by mass media like WhatsApp and Facebook, both of which I use. One of the conveniences of using such a method is that instead of writing long sentences to express emotions, one simply uses emojis.

I use a few regularly and they are these.

🙏. Namaste is the one that I use most often to express gratitude for some message. It is such a versatile symbol that it can be used for expressing many other emotions like, respect, greetings etc.

😀. The second most used emoji is this smile. I use it to express joy in response to either good news or a joke.

😂. After that comes this one to express great joy or laughter.

😔. Less needed but used nevertheless is this one to express sorrow or sadness or disappointment.

😇. I use this to express smugness or appreciation for a response.

👍. I use this to express my appreciation for the contents of the message.

👌. I use this to express that I find the message apt and useful.

👏. I use this to indicate that I applaud the message.

Three more emojis that I use regularly are:

👆. To point to a message / link given above in a separate message.

👇. To point to a message / link given below in a separate message.

🖕. I don’t need to explain do I?

There are experts in using emojis who exchange proper conversations using many emojis but alas, I am not in that league, nor do I want to be. Here is an example:

This is my take on this week’s Friday 4 On 1 blog post topic. The other three bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Sanjana, Padmum and Shackman. This week’s topic was suggested by Padmum. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

Singing.

A friend sent this clip to me with much enthusiasm hoping that this advice will keep me amongst his gang for some more time,

I responded to him with “The problem is that I can’t sing anymore. I croak like a frog.”

In his inevitable style he came back with “24/7 News Channel Reports Breaking News. There are many formats of singing like Qawwwalis, Classical, Jazz, Pop etc. Mr. RR has now introduced Croak Singing which is getting to be very popular in Western India.”