Of all the electrical and electronic appliances that reside in my home, my laptop probably is the most hardworking!
So it was only inevitable that she (yes --the laptop is definitely a she—Can any male endure such harsh treatment, unintentional neglect and so much work?!) wanted a break. So off she went, on Tuesday night, with a total stranger (the software engineer who had come over to take her on a ‘date’) riding pillion, in his backpack. She did not even look back. (Sigh!)
She was supposed to be back on Thursday morning. But I think she was having too much of a good time. 4 frantic calls to the software engineer (The rogue refused to answer two of my calls.) and I came to know that she would be coming back ‘for sure’ on Friday morning. Friday went by.
The calls multiplied to 16.( They have a way of increasing in geometric progressions, when interlaced with panic and internet withdrawal symptoms—not to mention a gnawing worry, that SHE had been kidnapped)
“Pukka madam—aaj raat tak ho jayega ” The software engineer assured me. ( a rough translation for my non-Hindi speaking friends "Sure m’am. It shall be done by tonight")
She finally came back to me, on Saturday night. Like all of us, she too had a holiday hangover. She refused to connect to the net. She had to be coaxed (read configured) by another software engineer, who managed after a great effort, to convince her, that she has to get back to reality!
So here I am, blogging away-- (oh, how I missed it!) and a bit annoyed that my intentions of updating my blog every other day, took a break because of my laptop. But when I think that she has been upgraded to 160GB (from an earlier 40GB) and is now ‘performing’ so much better (the icing on the cake being that all the earlier data has been transferred into her new hard drive too) I feel happy.