Saturday, July 06, 2024

in which my mom schools me on how to use my phone

Sometimes when Nu and I are comfort-watching a show from the '90s (Friends or Dawson's Creek or Felicity--ok, the last two are mostly me), I'm amazed at how all those characters are just walking around without cellphones hoping to bump into their pals randomly and with no way to check in on people if they're late to a rendezvous. I say "they," but I did that too back then, obviously. Sometimes it seems like another lifetime! I wonder if Nu can really even imagine how it used to be. 

And I'm not even a person who uses their phone that much. I was reminded of that today when my mom made a request. She wanted me to record myself singing a handful of Thyagaraja kritis because she said she wanted to hear them right now. (It was so sweet. "I can't wait until June to hear you sing them to me again," she said.) When I told her I didn't know how to record, she gave me such specific directions starting with: "look for the "mic" symbol..." Seriously, I was so impressed. She said that she'd previously taught her aunts to make recordings when they found it difficult to type. Nu, who is of the digital-native generation, is my usual go-to person when I need to figure out something on my phone... but now I can ask my mom too.

Pic: Huck and Max keeping me company; I was putting dinner together while I practiced "Marukela Ra," one of the songs my mom had requested. This version I found is by the superb Maharajapuram Santhanam (incidentally, the grandfather of one of my school friends who's recently become a wonderful advocate and carer for the many street dogs in Chennai).


Gillian said...


Nicole said...

You're the sandwich generation, but instead of the usual connotations, the bread pieces are caring for YOU when it comes to technology!
Hahaha YES to the walking around, hoping to bump into friends. "Meet me at 9 at the entrance" or what have you, that was VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

StephLove said...

How sweet she wanted a recording of you singing.

NGS said...

I had to figure out how to do a recording on my phone so I could do a voice memo when I was missing a book club meeting. I have an inflated view of my own importance at book club and didn't think they could live without knowing all my thoughts. LOL. It was easier than I thought it would be!

maya said...

Gillian-- :)

Nicole--Right? I was so touched by that. And I guess my mom is part of another sandwich generation too...
I LOL-ed at your description of making plans!!!

Steph--That was my favorite part. <3
(After I stopped panicking about whether "I can't wait" had some ominous import.)

Engie--Thanks! Now I can boldly go where Engie has gone before. lol (And of course, your book club needs your input!)

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