Jini moved in bed and then a hand popped out searching for her mobile. Pavan had already opened the curtains and the sunrays peeped in. ‘Good morning world’, she typed, ‘good to see the sun after the evil dust storm’. Pavan looked and sighed. Nowadays he was afraid to even speak to her lest it found its way in her whatsapp messages.
Sometime later he sat working on the report which he had to send immediately to Oman. As he switched on the wi-fi on his mobile, it started beeping. He let out a sigh. What was the need for so many messages. Often repeated on multiple groups. ‘Does anyone read them’, he murmured.
Jini came in, ‘Hi, good morning’, she said, ‘somebody is grumpy….what happened?’
‘Does anyone read these junk messages which keep on forwarding from one group to another’, he said
‘But then some are useful’, she said.
‘Like if you drink two litres of water, your digestion improves and…..’,
‘Like you didn’t know already? And why do we have to have so many groups? There is my school alumni group, college alumni group, …….’, he said
But don’t you feel good to be back in touch with your friends?’, she asked.
‘Yes, it does but what is the need for my office colleagues group, don’t we meet everyday’
And then there is Nikita’s school parent group….what is the purpose of the group. I would rather exit that group’, he said.
‘oh no, don’t do that. That way we know whats going on in school’, she said
‘But all I see is silly messages and jokes’, he countered
And what about this building group. what is the need for that. I can just go and knock someones door if I want to ask something,’ he said
‘The owner created that group so that he can communicate to everyone in one go’, she said.
‘And what about this family group’, he began
‘Oh let it be, we all can be in touch through that group’, Jini said
The phone beeped again. Pavan switched off the wi-fi. Jini meanwhile was punching in a new status, ‘ To group or not to group is the question in the better half’s mind’
Pavan thought a little and then switched on the wi-fi, for the first time he punched in his status, ‘ I am a social animal who thrives in isolation, please don’t add me in groups’. Please…..please……_/\_