I Am Dated.

A tube shaped fluorescent lamp is termed as tube light in India and someone who is slow on the uptake is also called a tube light as when one switches on the lamp, it takes a bit of time to light up unlike the other bulbs that come on instantly.

I had installed one in my bed room to give enough light to read while lying down inside a mosquito net. This lamp had given me long faithful service since 1999. I had to replace the choke for it a couple of times but, it worked perfectly well till just a few days ago. It simply gave up its ghost. Since it was during the Deepavali holidays, I had to wait till this morning to get an electrician to come and have a look.

The electrician, took one look at the ancient installation and smiled and said that the whole shebang had to be replaced as chokes and the tubes are no longer available. I was intrigued and agreed to replace it with whatever has come in the market in its place and this is what has.

It is a compact LED unit which actually gives more light than the old faithful and what is more important, lights up immediately on switching on.

I did not even know that something like this was available!

Am I Growing Old?

Synchronicity strikes again.

A friend from the UK decided that I must read 2 books about which she heard on the BBC Radio 4. The books are; 1. The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting: Ageing without growing old. and 2. You Can be as Young as You Think: Six Steps to Staying Younger and Feeling Sharper. I tried to purchase both online and found that I can not afford them!

I got that mail this morning and our local newspaper, The Economic Times announced that it turned 50 and quoted Robert Browning’s “Grow old Along With Me! The Best Is Yet To Be.”

I opened the email in box and I got a link from another friend along with this pithy message to the mail: “No more walking around. Amazing Technology. Watch video. to this video.”

I think that my friends and even the local newspaper are convinced that I am now a senile geriatric case.

What do you think?