Multitasking

Multitasking


I am a Tech Challenged Blogger
If you have patiently pursued my adventures up to starting this blog, let me give you a close up.
Author, head tilted on one side, tongue slightly out, eyes squinted, typing laboriously with one finger.
Suddenly he looks up to see the screen blank. Curses a bit, goes back to menu- is clueless, calls someone and finds cursor had not been clicked at the right place. Starts again.
Occasionally he hits a wrong key or absent mindedly rests his elbow on the keyboard or rests the TV remote, beer glass, ash tray or the book he is reading on the said long suffering keyboard.
Note: author is an incurable multitasking addict-he is writing the blog, reading Fay Weldon, watching Netflix, has FB open on laptop, reading WhatsApp messages on phone, sipping beer, eating chips, smoking and trying to keep the ash from burning holes in his Bob Marley T shirt.
Net result, strange messages appear or writing disappears or large gaps appear in script.
Many entities later, his scornful offspring restores the original frame as if by magic and work proceeds.
A slightly tattered looking piece results, large parts of it in capital letters, paragraphs MIA, various red and blue squiggly things underlining the words.
Disgruntled daughter cajoled into unscrambling the mess and author discovers it is easy to create space, the squiggles are the red marks teacher used to put- bad spelling and grammar. But opinion on spelling and grammar seemed to differ between computer and author, till the difference between the american and english usage dawned on him.
But just before the happy ending the screen goes dark and he discovers that the little message he was ignoring was telling him to add power source and the battery goes dead.
On the verge of tears, charger is connected and after an eon of heart stopping sight of a revolving wheel, the sign “restore screen” appears -then excitement as the picture is back. Thank God for autosave-its not only Jesus who saves -so does Microsoft word.
Now some editing and copy paste- a blog is born
(C) soumya Mukherjee

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8 Comments

  1. Familiar, very.
    Thanks for broadcasting the problems the generation faces.
    Cheers to the saviors like the Auto-spellcheck, MS Help, etc., and the ever disdainful progeny.

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  2. The quirkiness of the phrases and the mental conjuring of a guy still not burdened with the weight of age, the self image of a mischievous elf-those are the qualities which shine through. really made me smile. Thank you Padre!

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  3. A very well written piece. A typical situation faced by all of us of the BC ( Before Computers ) era.
    Guess we have adapted but the piece does brings out the comic side of our adaptation which fails to keep pace with the technology…

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