Warning: Long post ahead
Though we had a desktop at our home, my mom never came anywhere in its vicinity. She didn’t even know to come and sit in front of it to watch a movie, if one is played on it – leave alone its operation. So that was my Amma.. 😀
Though, I and my sis took efforts to ‘educate’ my mom and dad, she used to run away.
Things changed overnight when the school which my mom worked, implemented compulsory computer training for all its teachers. Then she wanted us to teach her, instead of being ‘taught’ in her school. But by then, my sis got married and I was staying far away at a hostel, and both of us were not at home. So my mom got trained from her school and was self-sufficient! During my calls to her, she never missed to tell me what all she learned that day. She used to test my knowledge asking, do you know the full form of CPU or do you know how to connect a USB and so on.. My calls to her ended only with belly aching laughter.. Gosh! 😀
And now she is a computer literate ok? Then again she happened to attend a training session, where her instructor happens to be my sister’s close friend, S. (Yes yes, he is half the age of my mom) I was at home for my Sem break then. She came home one evening and told that S had given her a home assignment. After a while, she came and switched on the PC to do her homework!!! She told me she was to type out a piece of text and was supposed to hyperlink the keywords used to its definition in Wikipedia. She tried and tried and tried. But it didn’t work. Then I was invited to the scene. 😉 The word was hyperlinked, but some settings of our system didn’t allow it to connect with the external source. It threw out an error something like, Contact the system administrator. The user does not have the desired right. I gave up. She was all tensed, just like a 3rd Std kid would be in front of her teacher who had caught her for not doing homework. She immediately picked up her mobile and called S.
Amma: S, I tried to hyperlink the text. But I couldn’t do. Seems there is some technical error. You speak to Jo.
*Hands over the phone to me*
Me: S, It is throwing up an error like blah blah blah.
S: It happens because of some settings in your system. The way she did it is correct. Leave it now.
Me: Ok, S. (I reversed the role of mom and daughter) So S, she has tried sincerely, but still couldn’t complete her homework. Please don’t punish her at the class tomarrow. 😛
S laughed. 😛
I laughed. 😛
We taught her a bit of Facebook-ing and making calls via Skype, so that she can see the photos we upload in FB and can see my sister’s daughter when she makes a call. N now you know, I see her making comments, “Like”ing and all.. And one day, my cousin C rang me up and started laughing. Seems my mom pinged him on FB, “Hello J, where are you now?” J is my mom’s cousin who is in no way related to C!!!!!!!!!
On mobile phone:
My mom had a very basic Nokia set. I taught her the basic things like, attending an incoming call, accessing our numbers from her phonebook and making a call etc.. She was totally ignorant about the whole business of SMS! Whenever I went home for vacations, I used to find her inbox wheezing with messages. I press Delete all and clear it. Slowly, I showed her how to enter text, how to open messages etc. Initially, she used to type full sentences with correct spellings and all that. And I reply in SMS language. She caught up with the language soon and started replying in the same mode. Now, she has improved so much and has even learned to send out short forms which only she can read!! 🙂
Me and my sis are not at all morning persons. Both of us are “late to bed and late to rise” types. If at all we want to get up early for some reason (when we are away from home) we used to ask her to call up. And on some days, she reads the message hours later than when we wanted to get up. By the time she rings me up, we must have already reached office.
Once, when I was staying as a Paying Guest, I heard somebody knocking hard at my door early morning (read early morning in our language. It was around 5.30) I opened the door and with my half shut, ready-to-sleep-for-another-3-hours eyes, I saw the house lady standing with her mobile.
Me: What happened Aunty? Why at this time?
HL: Your Mom is on call. She wanted to talk to you it seems.
*Snatches the phone from her*
Me: Amma.. what happened, Amma?
Amma: Good morning dear
Me: Good morning. But why so early? Why did you call to Aunty’s cell?
Amma: U texted me yesterday night na asking me to wake you up at 5.30 I tried calling in your cell. But u were not picking the call. So I thought I will call Aunty.
Me: What? Text? Who? Me? When?
Amma: You are mad or what? Don’t you remember sending me an SMS?
*Grabs my phone from the table and checks my Sent items.*
Me: No Amma, I didn’t.
Amma: I will read it out
Amma: Oh baby, its not you, it was your sister’s message.
Before I could say anything she hung up the call.
And my sister, who wanted to wake up early, was peacefully sleeping at some other part of the world, when all these dramas were airing!
After that incident, she always double check the sender and the message!
On forward mails
My sis and family went on a holiday trip to Malaysia. She used to send us (me and mom) some photos every night. My mom would call me up every single day and ask me how to view the photos. And every single day, I would repeat how to open the mail, how to download the pics and how to view the downloaded pics.
One evening, my mom’s sis rang up and we were chit-chatting.
MS: Hey, I saw the Malaysia photos.
Me: Oh! Sis sent you. They are having a great time there.
MS: No no, she sends ur Amma na?
Was blushing proudly thinking of my amma’s graduation
Ms: Oh.. But no baby. She gave me her mail id and password, and asked me to check the pics.