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What do we gaze mostly at in today’s time? Well!!! Apart from the opposite sex’s arse it’s the gleaming screen of our devices-now that’s a different thing that most of the time we ogle and drool at these glasses for curves and bulges.
I’ve been a screen-sucker all through my life; be it the screen of my TV, my cellphone or my computer and sometimes I even used to gawk at the mirror. But it’s not only me; everyone nowadays seems to enjoy being a couch potato (the definition has indubitably stretched far from television in today’s time). It looks like next to beverages it’s only a glittering screen that titillates us the most.
My grandmother never went along with the shining glasses. She had her views about cinema, “Why on earth squander over watching moving pictures on a big piece of cloth, why not enjoy a stage play. It’s more real; what else can entertain you more but ramlila during dussherra.”
So, several years back when I was quite young; I remember one day I was watching Tom and Jerry and my grandma came and sat beside me. I was laughing like a drain at the duo’s tricks when she said to me,
“Really, do they watch us too?” I enquired, I was very young as I have mentioned.
“Ohh… yeah!!! They do.”
“But why do they laugh at us grandma.”
“Ahhh… you watch them and live with them all the time, not me. You should know this but don’t worry you will know one day child.”
And I went back to my cartoons; of course the depths of her words went over my head.
To this she said, “They are just your cartoons, this time paid to scare you. Money can change things so quickly.” And then she dozed off.
Years passed and I grew a little; not much though; but enough to not to be fooled by her ‘paid ghosts’ comments. So again I was playing a car racing game on my computer and she came again; sat beside me. I had the hunch that she was going to say something eerie but this time I was bullish that I won’t be ‘fooled’.
CRAP!!! DAMN… I lost that race again.
As I grew older one thing was conspicuous that she was full of sarcasm and had with her a slew of puns. Then this time after very long I met her and she sat again beside me while I was reading something on my iPad. She started talking of things, I wasn’t much interested. Maybe she sensed this and she got up to move when suddenly she said looking at my iPad,
“Looks to me like a conventional slate” and then she touched it,
“Pity!!! I can’t feel what you are reading.”
And she went to the next room. She said it again but only this time I could see what was behind the screen.