When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!
In today’s world, kindness is rarely heard of. And in a metropolitan city like Mumbai with everyone as strangers it is much more rare. People rarely do anything except their work and partying with friends.
The most kind thing a stranger will do to you is tell directions to a specific place if you don’t know. But after all it is Mumbai, sometimes people have fun telling you the wrong directions and you end up at a completely different place.
I remember one day when an auto rickshaw driver did me a favour. While returning from college, I was walking from the bus stop to my house. The walk is approximately 2 km and has a bridge to cross. As soon as I start walking from the bus stop, the bridge starts. I ascended the bridge in 2 minutes and was walking along the top flat part of the bridge when an auto rickshaw stopped beside me and told me to get in. My first thought was, “Is he kidnapping me a little too politely?”
Then he continued, “I’ll drop you at the bottom of the bridge.”
“Okay”, I said and boarded. In less than 30 seconds we reached the bottom. I alighted, said “Thank you” and we both headed our own ways.
Daily Prompt – Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.
Me sitting in the bus heading towards my college and a stranger sitting besides me. The phone rings and the conversation starts. (Note that every other line is just my guess at what the guy on the other side might have asked).
“Yo! How are you?” “Fine. What about you?” “Nice. So how come you called me so early in the morning.” “Nothing big. I just wanted to ask how do I convert a video file in my computer.” “That isn’t a problem. Click the ‘Folder Options’ from the ‘Tools’ menu in your file explorer. Then navigate to the ‘View’ tab and down below you will see an option which says ‘Hide extensions for known file types’. Uncheck it and press ‘OK’.”
Until this point I thought, “What the hell is he talking about? What has extension visibility got to do with video conversion?”
Then he continued, “Then select your video file and press ‘F2’. Place your cursor at the last place and delete those few characters that are after the period symbol and instead insert the extension of your choice and press ‘Enter’. That’s it, video converted.”
And he hung up. I was flabbergasted and only one thought came to my mind, “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”
I’ve finished a year
Of blogging on WordPress
Thanks for the support
I started this blog on 19th of May, 2014 with the purpose of sharing tips and tricks related to programming languages I know. My first post was a snippet for creating an animated loading icon that designers can integrate into their websites with low system resource usage. Eventually, I started to write things other than just programming and designing.
Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!
Me during exams: The battle of Panipat was fought in…. Oh, what the hell! What year was it? Let it be. I’ll just write “The battle of Panipat was fought”. That’s it.
I am sure that most of the people will be selecting the same subject as me. And that’s the subject of History. History has always pulled me in its land of confusion and I have always ended up battling with it on that land. History exams were a nightmare. Not just for me, but for many of my friends in my class.
Remembering the years of different happenings was the worst thing to do. And then we had to memorize the biography of different people, the role they played. Which countries fought in the World War? When did Mahatma Gandhi start the Dandi March? Argh! All these questions eat up my mind and it happens that I jumble everything up during the examination session.
I never had any interest in history. After all what is the use of knowing the history when you can do nothing about it. You can’t go and undo the World Wars, you can’t stop slaughter of the Jews by Hitler, you can’t do anything. Instead we must focus on the present and look into the future and hope that no world war is fought again. But since I have passed school, I have left that subject behind. I can’t explain the joy I experienced on the day of my last history exam.
And lastly, a quote:
I don’t know with what weapons World War III will be fought but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. — Albert Einstein
Daily Prompt – All the world’s countries have decided that the Internet itself needs a government. Your country asks you to run for Prime Minister of the ‘Net — do you accept? If so, what will your platform be?
Behold all you internet users. This is the Prime Minister speaking (or I think writing). It is a great honour for me to become the prime minister of the internet and I’m here to listen to all your complaints (and praises).
That’s enough bragging. Being at such a high post is not as easy a task as it seems. And handling the whole internet. Woah! Exabytes of data is transmitted everyday or maybe every hour too. And then there is this net neutrality thing at large. Many countries are formulating new and new laws regarding net neutrality and honestly, I don’t know anything about them.
To say the truth, I’m happy with the internet as it is now and don’t need any changes and maybe you don’t too. I can’t imagine how people would live without internet. It has been deeply rooted in our lives. We can even say that it has now become a basic necessity of all humans.
One thing I can do as a prime minister is that I would establish free Wi-Fi in every city. But that is hard to do if corruption enters in the government. Then it would be just a matter of time when those politicians will get unlimited high speed internet and we’ll be left with slow speeds (maybe dial-up, only 56kbps). Haha!
Time to come back to reality. There’s not going to be a government and even if there is, my chance of becoming the prime minister is almost nil.
Daily Prompt – When was the last time you did something completely new and out of your element? How was it? Will you do it again?
One doesn’t do something new everyday. The last time I remember I did a new thing was quite a good number of years back.
In India there is a festival called “Makar Sankrati” which is also called as the festival of kites. People also distribute sweets among each other. But the kite competitions all across India are worth watching. Cutting each others’ kites’ ropes requires a lot of skill.
This aroused my interest in learning how to fly a kite. Unfortunately, there is no book called “Flying a Kite for Dummies” so I had to do it on my own. After the festival went by and the skies were clear of all kites I bought myself one and tried flying it on my terrace. For hours and hours I practiced but no luck.
I used to go out when the sun was shining but wasn’t able to fly the kite even after the sun went down. One day when the wind was blowing hard, I tried my luck and able to fly the kite in just about 5 minutes. Once you make the kite fly, keeping it in the air is easy. I flew it for about 1 hour and then went back home satisfied.
But high speed winds didn’t blow everyday and so I was again left on my own. Eventually, I gave up on flying it and now I just enjoy seeing those competitions in the air. Since the past few years the numbers of kites in the skies have reduced drastically. This year (the festival occurs in January), I didn’t see any more than just 10 kites. I think the people nowadays are too busy to fly their kites.
Daily Prompt – “It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?
Of course agree. In India sometimes people become quite aggressive if we say anything against their beliefs. So as long as you want to stay polite and friendly with strangers talk everything except politics or religion or even nowadays their favourite sports club. So if you meet any strangers and you want to discuss politics (if the elections are looming nearby) take it lightly. Just skim over it and try to change the topic as soon as possible.
As a matter of fact, I don’t talk much about religion. Once I just teased a friend when his favourite club lost the match and he challenged me to a debate. He started blurting out all the past achievements and trophies and shut me up. I thought it better not to say anything further.
As far as politics is concerned, I don’t know an inch about it. Whatever goes on in the government is mostly the play of money. Corrupt men, corrupt systems and what not. Sometimes I think it was better when the British ruled over India. At least there was no corruption. Or was there? I don’t know. Any government work that has a deadline of suppose 2 years will take 10 years to complete (literally, I’m not joking). Sigh.
Daily Prompt – At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.
Hey WordPress, are you serious? Don’t you know that the daily prompt arrives at different times in different parts of the world. It’s 6:30 in the evening when I receive this prompt and frankly speaking I don’t remember what I was thinking at noon time.
Noon was quite high today. It was a blazing 33 degree Celsius today which was somewhat lesser than a few days ago. A few days ago it topped at 43 degree Celsius breaking all records of the past.
Today at noon time, I was probably dozing. It is a holiday and I have nothing to do except sleep. Sleep is the best thing to do when you are bored. But in this heat, even sleep comes late. First you lie on the bed, then you attain your favourite sleeping position, then you wipe the sweat that’s running down from your head. Finally you curse the heat and try to sleep. But it just doesn’t come. Even if I sleep, I wake in a few minutes covered all over with sweat. It’s so hot.
Sometimes I wonder, maybe I should shift somewhere cooler like The Great Britain, Netherlands or maybe Switzerland. India is damn too hot.