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Learning Never Stops

My inquisitive Dad asked me one day, “What is this Facebook thing?”

Knowing his paltry inclination towards technology and the idea of ‘keeping in touch’ with anyone through the internet quite indigestible and puzzling for him (He’s the old-school type; if you remember someone you just pick up the phone and call!), I explained it to him with as little fuss and as much clarity as possible.

Once updated, he wasn’t keen on opening a Facebook account, but I did manage to convince him to upgrade his old Nokia to a smartphone and get data connection on it. The clincher being pictures of A Jr and Angel that I promised to send them everyday, if they (He and Mom) got Whatsapp; which they did. Grandparents! 🙂 🙂 😍

The hands that taught me how to hold a pencil, scribble and pointed at words so I learned to read them are now struggling and succeeding in finding their way through the maze of apps on the phone. He’s used to taking pictures with his Kodak camera, but now as soon as he sees Angel he goes click-click on his phone and captures every single expression on her face like a professional.

In Mom’s absence he gets lonely at times, so he made my brother teach him how to handle a laptop since there’s a spare one kept at home. He grasped the operations quickly and has become quite a buff now. He uses it for office work, watching movies and sitcoms, or sometimes just to play games.

Me, I’m a bag of mixed emotions. On one side there’s A Jr – a curious child ready to learn and imbibe whatever piece of knowledge he comes across and on the other side there’s my Dad who has seen and known everything, yet ready to go the extra mile to keep himself abreast with the world of today. Its true. Learning never stops.

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  1. Ya even I used to look at their innocence and urge to learn about technology even if they fail at it many times,good one:)

    1. Thanks Crystal. There’s so much to learn from them. Even when we show them something its a lesson for us in some way. ☺

  2. There is always a very strange feel good associated with such posts..my best regards to him ☺

    1. I knew you will identify with this and it will remind you of Uncle. Thank you so much Parijat. ☺

      1. I just spoke to mummy papa…thanks a lot for this post…i have not been a good son actually…

        1. Ah! Wonder why you feel so. The good thing is that its never too late to make amends. Be good now. They’ll be just as delighted. ????????

          1. ????????

          2. If this call was unscheduled I’m sure they’re already happy. ☺

          3. yup it was impulsively made after reading this post…they appeared happy to speak to me and that gave me satisfaction ????

          4. Parents are like that. I’m glad you felt like talking to them after reading the post. I’m missing my Mom a lot now. ????

          5. That you were so close to her would make her happily watch you from up there…

          6. Ya….that’s all I can hope for now.

          7. you know i never told but i often read the poem you wrote for you Mom several posts earlier…just wasnt able to bring myself to comment on that…thats so soul stirring..

          8. You do? I cried the entire time I wrote it and then again I cried a lot while reading it. There’s just so much I wish I could’ve said to her. Dad’s there, but the things Mom understands, no one else can.

          9. Thats true…..

          10. Anyway, shouldn’t talk more about it now. Its disturbing.

          11. yes agree.

          12. Thanks for understanding.

          13. Varsha you write more hindi poems…you compose so well ..

          14. Thanks. ☺ It just comes out right sometimes. Haven’t written a poem in a long time.

          15. ????????

  3. I enjoyed reading this…resonates! indeed learning never stops!

    1. Yes! The day we stop learning is the day we stop living.
      Thank you! ☺

      1. Exactly! You’re welcome 🙂

        1. ????????????

          1. 🙂 🙂

  4. So relevant to today’s times….many of us can relate to your post. My parents too after initial hesitation are now adept at using the smart phone.

    1. I guess our generation is lucky to be able to of assistance to our parents as well as kids. Isn’t it?

      1. Yes, I agree!

        1. ☺☺

    2. ditto…they have that initial reluctance to move out of their comfort zone. and soon they are into the main stream..

      1. Yes. Curiosity is the same, at any age. All we need to do is fan it a little bit. ☺☺

  5. Yes.. learning never stops..I am waiting for me to get very old maybe by then flying cars will be common and I can learn that.????????

    Reminds me when we got my dad his first phone years back I would get 5 txt mesaages early morning

    And he would say this is expensive.. took long to explain he can write lines of text before pressing send..????????

    1. Flying cars! Wow…lovely idea. But then why don’t you invent one now and save yourself the waiting part? ????????

      1. That would mean I will have to work..????????..I am too lazy to do that. .
        Let someone else do it. . I will enjoy yhe ride. ..He he he he he

        1. Ha ha ha….hmm in that case fly with your car for now. ????

  6. long time no post varsha ????????

    1. Internet is giving trouble since last two days. ????????

      1. Glad you are back ????

        1. Me too. ☺

  7. I completely identify with what you are saying. I remember a line from a Premchand story we read in school which had an opening line which translated to “Old age is often the return of childhood”.

    1. How true. I hope when I get older my inclination towards learning remains the same too. I have deep respect for people who don’t think they’ve grown too old to learn.
      Thanks for your comment. ☺

  8. It’s really nice

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Nahid. ☺

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