WORDPRRSS SHUT ME out of my own blog on laptop asking for a decade-old passwornd. I could not get the ‘title’ page to write on.
I found, however, that the WP app on my smartphone enabled me to keep writing. I could resume the blog; I felt I was really ‘unstoppable’.
It was a miracle of technology and though too old to master it, I clung to it desperately.
Writing on phone in a train or plane with auto-‘correct’ changing correct words into meaningless gibberish, has however added to the problems of failing sight and memory.
Though I found quite a few blogs written in poor language and with mistakes of grammar, too many typos in my posts worried me. After all I lived for the last 60 years on writing.
But along with technology habits also changed. Reading has beome out of fashion and Google the repository of all knowledge. S
o you need not have any background or information. You just Google for it when needed.
It all comes back to the basic issue of old, outdated, worn-out brains still thinking they have some knowledge (from just being alive for too long, which they confuse with experience) to pass on to the new generation.
It is not easy for ‘old foggies’ to accept the truth that it is no virtue in being ‘unstoppale‘ just by being alive just on borrowed time, having ‘outlived their utility‘, an expression one of my ex-editors was fond of (and which, I argued then, meant it was time for them to die).
MY LAST BLOG WAS ‘Hearing A Pin Drop’ And hearing the big sound when a pin drops seems so common that no one was curious enough to read it. No one except a friend from Hyderabad who emailed me within a few minutes of its going on thenet
He wrote :– ‘
The “Pin drop silence” trilogy is wholesome and heartening. It makes us feel proud of personalities like Cariappa, Manekshaw and Pattabhi Sitaramayya.
Please continue to bring to light such inspiring anecdotes. This definitely will ensure that you will be unstoppable even after 80.“
I knew he was just being kind and no one else shared that opinion. I replied, though late at night
“My Dear ….
Thanks (for reading the blog)
Pattabhi’s Sanskrit speech was around 1954 in Nagpur. Only very few like you find it worth knowing; most think it is useless junk information. Many say they get can get ‘everything’ from Google.
Firstly why would one Google for ‘Sanskrit speeches”?
That reminds me of an M.Sc. Botany with a Ph.D. in economics, Dr CD Deshmukh, speaking fully in Sanskrit at a meeting.
In 1983 I had interviewed G. V. Iyer, who made India;s first Sanskrit film, on Adi Shankaracharya. Iyer, like M.F. Husain, was famous for walking barefoot, as he did into my room in a daily newspaper office. (Of course many would ask who are Iyer and Husain. They can ask Google Guru).
The script the film, Iyer told me, was revised and edited by the first original Indian aircraft designer at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (was it Kiran jet trainer?) who spoke “Sanskrit like his mother tongue”. I later.interviewed the engineer at the Golf Club. That was was 25 years ago and I forget the name.
Enough useless junk information for today?“
Even after spending hours on Google and going through hundreds of links on Kiran, HAL, famous aeronautical engineers from all over the world (not one Indian) and many other subjects, I COULD NOT GET THE NAME.
Who would want to know the name? Who would remember Iyer, Husain or Shankara, or that the role of Shankara’s guru in the film was played by Bharat Bhushan, at one time a famous actor, who died in poverty and is forgotten – perhaps his last role?
What use is all this information, except to those nearing 80 years of age. And for them too it only helps walk down the memory lane.
No wonder no one reads blogs. But I cannot switch over to writing ‘host stuff’ they want.