I am quite aware that many of you are quite disappointed by my sudden disappearance from the blog world despite a post promising to be back to business. The past few days have been spent trying hard to talk and seek help regarding the home appliance apocalypse in my home.
It started on a happy Friday with me sulking in my mind about my inability to see ‘Talaash’ on a big screen due to a bucket full of reasons. So I decided to see an Amir Khan movie on my laptop. My first choice was Fanaa but since I couldn’t find it on YouTube, I decided to settle for Dil Chahta Hai. I am refraining from indulging in my reasons of choosing this movie over countless other masterpieces by Amir to stay put on the topic at hand. OK, so I started seeing the movie after putting Pari to bed and finishing all chores for the day. Around halfway in the movie, suddenly the speakers of my laptop stopped working.
The movie was playing fine. No other windows were in use. Nothing else happened to indicate attack by an alien or virus but my speakers refused to be resuscitated. I tried re-starting the system thrice, checked the sound settings and everything I could think of but to no avail. I decided to go off to sleep and look for a solution the following day. The following morning, I woke upto many bigger shocks than the sole problem of dead speakers I had slept with.
The induction cooker in the kitchen had died and my laptop’s anti-virus was refusing to work normally. Yes, paid version of McAfee is the first anti-virus that refuses to scan at times of real need of a system scan. I’d highly recommend you to invest in any other anti-virus/ Internet security software but never on McAfee. I was pretty certain that my laptop was infected and needed to be dealt by a professional. The right key of the mouse pad too had suddenly started giving trouble, but that wasn’t a major issue for I have an external wireless mouse to help me continue using the laptop without major issues.
In the meantime, during the day our washing machine and Tata Sky set-top box too started playing up. Then started the series of me calling up the service centres of each dying/ dead gadget to seek help and guidance regarding what needs to be done next. Having lived abroad for sometime, I have developed this habit of taking a ‘we’ll visit soon to check on the ailing gadget’ from the service center people way too seriously, for things aren’t the same in India.
I sometimes find myself confused about the culture and practices for my experiences of living abroad seem to have corrupted my thought process way too much to my liking. Despite having lived in India for most of my life, I many times take people’s word way too seriously than I should in India. Anyhow, life throws me occasions to learn by making mistakes. The following days saw me making endless calls to the service centers, visiting the people, threatening some, calling the customer care, trying my hand at engineering in various fields to racing from one service centre to another for all our diseased gadgets are of different brands. I guess life would have been so much easier if our induction cooker, washing machine, DTH connection, laptop were all of one brand. I would just have to make one call and visit one service centre to get them all sorted.
Anyhow, after a stressful, over-worked week and with lots of money draining out in the name of repair and formatting things are slowly, at snail pace getting back to normal. The laptop has been formatted, a new anti-virus purchased and installed and hopes of salvaging the washing machine in the freezing winters to give me a break from washing clothes are still high. All this and much more has been constantly preventing me from blogging regularly.
I am back with a formatted, almost new laptop after suffering many mild heart-attacks when I was told that I might have blown my laptop’s speakers (even when they are usually used at very low volume levels) and a replacement of the same would call for 2000 rupees. Just a look in the hardware issues of the mouse and speakers which actually turned out to be dust inside the laptop, costed me 1500 rupees. All this and many similar incidents together over a short span made me realise, how much more we actually pay in the name of being hooked with the latest technology, way after the actual MRP has been paid.
The icing on the cake was when my sandal broke just 100 metres away from my home, making me realise how things could actually be worser than they already were.
When I said “can my day get any worse” it was a rhetorical question not a challenge.
The song on my mind: Ye kya hua ~ Amar Prem