Confessions of a Tech Challenged Blogger

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It’s worth noting that an author is an incurable multitasking addict – he is writing the blog, reading Fay Weldon, watching Anger Management on TV channel, has FB open on laptop, reading messages on phone, sipping beer, munching 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, confesses Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.

If you have patiently pursued my adventures up to starting a 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 the - 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.

It’s worth noting that an author is an incurable multitasking addict – he is writing the blog, reading Fay Weldon, watching Anger Management on TV channel, has FB open on laptop, reading WhatsApp messages on phone, sipping beer, munching 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 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 and author, till the difference between the American and the British style of 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 the power source and the battery goes dead.

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

Now, after some editing and copy paste – a blog is born.

©Soumya Mukherjee

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Soumya Mukherjee is an alumnus of St Stephens College and Delhi School of Economics. He earns his daily bread by working for a PSU Insurance company, and lectures for peanuts. His other passions, family, friends, films, travel, food, trekking, wildlife, music, theater, and occasionally, writing. He has been published in many national newspapers of repute. He has published his first novel, Memories, a novella, hopefully, the first of his many books. He blogs as well.