Questions don’t change

There are many people who boast of not having the tv box in their house.

Funny story- my husband received a call from a very aggressive salesman here in the US “do you have a tv connection”
No.
Why not?
I don’t want it.
Oh. There must be some reason.
I really don’t want one.
The salesman cut the call without saying anything.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t watch movies. I sometimes spend my leisure time on FB or/and also on youtube watching the stuff that I miss on tv. Internet has many good things and bad things like everything else in life. Tv or Internet…I have realized that the question remains the same. What do we take from a given option. Personally, I am thankful to FB and internet. I am part of this wonderful project in movie thanks to Fb (Click here). Most of my writing has got published because of the options shown by FB. I wish everyone could see the wonderful opportunities that can be grabbed by this medium and avail of them rather than abuse them. I can’t imagine a life without FB, I wouldnt know how to promote Art with sunayna if it wasn’t for FB. So, for me, FB or anything on the internet is like a resource, it is upto me to use it. Pray that I do so. Thank you.

tv vs computer

The post feels incomplete but I don’t have much to add. Have a happy sunday šŸ™‚ hope you utilize your time well.

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Can I stay without my phone for 7 days?

My ring tone for receiving messages on whatsapp is a temple bell. My family often teases me that not only do I travel with a personal temple with me but I receive more strikes than the popular Siddhivinayak temple. I visited a spiritual event some time back and I was told that I will not get much time to use the phone at the place I was going. I had mixed reactions like your baby walking for the first time in his life, walks right over your freshly made, time consuming rangoli. Could I stay 7 days without my phone?

I am a graphologist. I stay in touch with my clients via mails or whatsapp now. Through one of my package, they get a facility to avail my counselling for 6 months where they not only ask me questions but also keep informing me about their daily achievements and realization and sometimes failures too. So you can imagine how much I have to be Online. Besides this, a little volunteer work that I do compels me to schedule about 10 people a day twice a week. Trust me, Though my hubby doesn’t realize that my whole previous day to the line up goes in scheduling, confirming, adjusting and the works, I get bugged when he asks “So, what did you do today?”

I worried, could my clients stay without me for 7 days? Honestly, I really didn’t care much. I wanted a break! The question I didn’t ask myself at that time was that – Could I?

Here is what happened.

Day 1Ā  –Ā We traveled by train, It started around 10 pm. Since most of my clients send me theirĀ messages at night and we were in Mumbai at that time, it went well.

Day 2 – Spent the day in train. The receptivity was very bad and so was my mood. My husband tried to cheer me but slightly in vain. Major stations had some network and I grabbed my phone. By evening I think the weaning process had started. I felt nice actually, I enjoyed the humm of the train and a certain sense of peace.

Day 3 – We reached at the event early morning. Many clients send me updates at the end of their day, which is around 9 or 10 pm.Ā  So, when we finally had good reception, the messaged started pouring in and I had around over 400 whatsapp messages in some 150 odd conversations. I had over 100 mails. I noticed a feeling of annoyance in myself. I got busy with the activities and at 11 am, decided to miss a small event and reply to the messages. One of my new found friends told me the gist later and I felt that I had missed something great. I decided to keep my phone away and concentrate where I was. It went beautifully for the rest of the day. I replied to the important messages and kept my statusĀ messages as “Switching off for 5 days” and activated a vacation response.

Day 4 –Ā Peace and bliss at start. By night, when I was reflecting at the daily activities, I realized the importance of my phone. There were times that I wanted to write some important things. I wanted my phone. Actually, What I really want is theĀ  http://www.startwithmotoe.com/ because its bigger and better than my phone. I have realized that I need something to record my thoughts on. I also realized that one of the speakers used a word that I didn’t understand. If only I had dictionary with me or a smarter phone.

Day 5 –Ā This was our last day. There was no charging point easily available. At least my phone was reaching moksha even if I wasn’t. Something with a better battery life would be good.

Day 6 – In train again. Kept my phone on air plane mode most of the time. I reflected at the need of some technological device with us always. Soon after marriage, I had realized that I needed something that would help me with the recipes for a novice cook. For a writer, ideas don’t tell me and come, they just come and I always am glad to carry my phone so I can note. I also stay in touch with my friends and family and can send them updates through it. I realized that I didn’t need to stay without my phone. I just have to prioritize my life better. I need to use will power to stay away from constant checking and limit it to every 2 hours or so. Though I am not very regular with FB like I was, I remain updated of the writing contests and friends.

Day 7 – We reached home in the evening and I completed the replies I had to and switched of the wifi for the night. I hope my clients are reading this and I hope they will understand the need for silence and peace. I reply to everyone, just at my time now.

Now, my phone and laptop see me regularly but with time intervals. Life is better and quieter. The schedules still take a lot of my time mostly but it is less annoying as i check my phone every 2 or 3 hours unless there is a call.

Farmville. :)

I am hooked to this game on Facebook called Farmville. It is not just a game. It is so much more. I, like many other city-born-never-been-to-an-actual-village ppl have a fantasy of owning a farm, cultivating crops, riding on tractors, sleeping under the stars, removing water from the wellā€¦etc. How long will I actually living like this is a different question but do I want to do something like thisā€¦the answer is yes from not only the bottom of my heart from my full heart šŸ˜‰

Farmville gives me a placebo satisfaction of sorts. I have a well, animals which include horses, goats, cows, (pink and white), rabbits, ducks and swans, windmill, cottage to stay, rest tent, garden shed, pond, picnic set, maple tree, lime tree, orange tree, apple, apricot, banana, dates, plum, lemon, pomegranate, peach, fig and olive. It is amazing. I show my farm to my parents, aunts, my friends, my sis.

My excitement about owning this farm is so contagious, that if I forget to tell my aunt which veggie have I grown, she asks automatically. I absolutely love playing it. Come visit my farm and be my neighbour there. here is the link. http://apps.facebook.com/onthefarm/index.php?ref=logo

ME at my farm

visit it and let me know what u feel about it.