10 AM. Office. I had already spent more than an hour alternately staring at the empty desk in my cubicle and the beautiful scenery outside. Then I tried calling up my friends who were naturally too busy to take my call this early on a weekday morning. So I was bent upon dragging my daily call with Aai as much as possible, asking after all the aunts, uncles, cousins and neighbors I could think of!
“What’s the matter? Why are you so eager to talk today?”, my dear Aai was both pleasantly surprised and very suspicious.
“Umm… the technical services guys took away my laptop, it had some kind of virus. Now I have nothing to do!”, I reluctantly confessed.
“Oh! Why don’t you go for a walk then?” That was my ever-practical mom’s suggestion.
“They took away my laptop, Aai! Do you realize what that means? I have so much data in there that I haven’t yet backed up, its weeks of work!”, I moaned.
“Okay. Then why don’t you write a blog post? That should relax you a bit.”
“Mom, don’t you listen to me at all? I don’t have my laptop, how can I blog?”, I asked, exasperated.
“Why, doesn’t your office have simple pen and paper?”, Aai was quick with her response.
She had a point! How shocking that the thought never occurred to me! Slightly annoyed, I decided to take up Aai’s challenge. (Now you understand the title, don’t you? How many posts have you written by hand, tell me?)
I wrote a few lines and stopped. One of the sentences didn’t sound quite right, I searched for the backspace button for a while before scratching the line, furious with myself. And those ants and insects crawling across the paper couldn’t be my once oh-so beautiful handwriting, could they? And why was my hand so unsteady, why did it start to ache after just two paragraphs? I tried to think of the last time I had written this much. That was probably during my last engineering exam, four years ago. No wonder then!
I stared at the scribbled pages, wondering if I would be able to make sense out of this mayhem when I finally got hold of a computer. Or perhaps I could just scan the pages and let you guys test your code-deciphering skills instead? Now that was a great idea! But I had to admit, I had forgotten how to write after all. My English teacher would have been so disappointed!
Edited to add: This was written yesterday. I spent the whole of Thursday and half of Friday chatting around with friends, dozing at my desk and generally being a nuisance around the office with absolutely no work accomplished. It was an amazing feeling, I tell you! I felt like one of those sarkari babus in Office Office.
Thankfully, I did get my system back with all my data intact this afternoon, and some fast and furious work from then on ensured I was able to meet my deadline for this week. Phew! At least I can now enjoy my weekend in peace. Psst… an Important Event is coming up this weekend, stay tuned for more!