I dedicate this post to my friend Mary who inspired me to write this post with a tag on Facebook. She asked – Ramana?
Thank you Wisewebwoman.
My son Ranjan posted this on his facebook page. Please click on the image for a larger resolution.
There are some subtle details that need to be noted. One, the old fashioned telephone, my first choice in holding a conversation with anyone not in front of me.
The newspaper in the man’s hand. My first choice for keeping updated with global news. I get five of them delivered every morning not only for the news but also for the crossword puzzles in all of them.
I wish that the face could have shown the anger I must surely show when I have to go through an automated system at the other end of the telephone.
I responded to Ranjan’s question with : “In total agreement.”
I don’t use twitter unlike the guy in the cartoon. I however am quite active on FaceBook and WhatsApp. These two are enough to give me sufficient activity to keep me out of mischief. It has now come to that stage where I wonder how I lived without these two tools and also the facilitator that makes it possible, the smartphone!
On the way back from Thane with my two ex colleagues last week as I had written, I was encouraging one of them SD, also an alumnus from my Business School, to take active part in our local alumni activities as he had recently moved to Pune and had not yet started to participate. During the conversation, I mentioned a name AB, active in alumni activities and quite famous in alumni circles as being a successful entrepreneur. It turned out that SD and AB were in the same hostel block at the institute and played for block team in foot ball and knew each other well.
Lo and behold, while these things were being discussed, the other friend DK in the car turned around and asked, “Did you mention AB?” On being answered in the affirmative, he says that AB was his nephew! It also turned out that DK had lost contact with AB for decades due to the former’s transferable career.
I called AB on the phone later and he was flabbergasted! He simply said, “It’s a small world!” I now await the right opportunity to put SD and AB in touch with each other as well as DK and AB.
Last week, another friend PC from Delhi, posted on Facebook that he had written a book that had just been released in the market. I bought the book from Amazon and to give some publicity to the book shared the fact on Facebook. Later on, another friend from Pune who also is a friend of PC, commented on the post that she did not know that I knew PC! I explained to her how PC’s son and Ranjan were classmates in school in Delhi way back in the early 80s and had reestablished contact thanks to the social media. Naturally, since the parents also had met at that time, PC and I reestablished contact too recently. And her response? “It’s a small world!”