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  Soumya Mukherjee

I am a Tech Challenged Blogger

If you have patiently pursued my adventures up to starting this blog, let me give you a close-up.

Author, head tilted on one side, tongue slightly out,  eyes squinted, typing laboriously with one finger.

Suddenly he looks up to see the screen blank. Curses a bit, goes back to menu- is clueless, calls someone, and finds cursor had not been clicked at the right place. Starts again.

Occasionally he hits a wrong key or absent-mindedly rests his elbow on the keyboard or rests the TV remote, beer glass, ashtray, or the book he is reading on the said long-suffering keyboard.

Note: The author is an incurable multitasking addict-he is writing the blog, reading Fay Weldon, watching Anger  Netflix, has FB open on the laptop, reading WhatsApp messages on phone, sipping beer, eating chips, smoking and trying to keep the ash from burning holes in his Bob Marley T-shirt.

Net result, strange messages appear or writing disappears or large gaps appear in the script.

Many entities later, his scornful offspring restores the original frame as if by magic and work proceeds.

A slightly tattered looking piece results, large parts of it in capital letters, paragraphs MIA,  various red and blue squiggly things underlining the words.

Disgruntled daughter cajoled into unscrambling the mess and the author discovers it is easy to create space, the squiggles are the red marks teacher used to put- bad spelling and grammar. But opinion on spelling and grammar seemed to differ between computer and author, till the difference between the American and English usage dawned on him.

But just before the happy ending the screen goes dark and he discovers that the little message he was ignoring was telling him to add power source and the battery goes dead.

On the verge of tears, the charger is connected and after an eon of heart-stopping sight of a revolving wheel, the sign “restore screen” appears -then excitement as the picture is back. Thank God for autosave-its not only Jesus who saves -so does Microsoft word.

Now some editing and copy paste- a blog is born

Soumya Mukherjee

Soumya is an alumnus of St Stephens College and Delhi School of Economics where he was supposed to have studied Economics. He, however, did not let studies interfere with his education. Currently, he earns his daily bhat mach by working for a PSU Insurance company, and lectures for peanuts. He is addicted to the printed word and has been devouring it since learning to read. In whatever time this leaves him he pursues his other passions, family, films, travel, food, trekking, wildlife, music, theatre, and occasionally, writing.






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