They have been with me exactly three years now. Right from the day I joined a large software co at Bangalore. A small town boy walking into the big gleaming glass and concrete towers of the MNC, and with as big dreams.
They have stood by me. Dutiful friends attending the call of duty with no complains, ever ready to jump into action. Helping me transpose my ideas, giving life to my muse and to meet deadlines. This they do very well, without the slightest Uff… or excuse for a headache. Without taking a coffee-break, without taking time off.
They, 95 of them, stand in alert attendance. Like soldiers in a neat column, like schoolboys in a prayer, like the performers at the London Olympics opening ceremony. They are of the same height, wear the same uniform and most of them even the same health barring some obese ones. Yet each of them sports a distinct character!
I admit, it took me a little time to know them all, to befriend them. Often I’d have to stare at the whole bunch to find the one I was looking for, but now it’s not a problem.
Thanks to them, I have been able to meet the demand of my job. Some of those have won accolades from clients, my Manager and my workmates. Thanks to them, I finished my training and then conducted some too.
Doesn’t mean they’re ‘All work and no play’. No way! Every time I have to forward a funny mail to my workmates, to chat and flirt with that girl down the cubicles—they are my partners in crime. 😉
At home, when I listen to my favourite music, or watch a movie, they are there to give me company. I don’t know if they follow the music or the storyline, but at least they appear relaxed. They don’t move.And for all their good qualities, I must note a shortcoming. Come darkness, and they are useless. No amount of coaxing would make it possible to work with them, unless the lights are on. A deficiency of Vitamin A, perhaps?
Of course, they have more evolved cousins now, the funky ones that work in the night and carry a bright glow of doing so on their faces.
I thank you again my friends. For helping me pull through my days as a novice, for standing by when I need you and hopefully for the next few years. For teaching me the values of discipline and patience.
I salute you…the silent sentinels…the players of polymer, the transcribers of touch—
—MY LAPTOP KEYS !!!!!
Author– JD aka Somebuddy
(To earn a living he has done odd jobs, written paid news (without selling his soul), got fired, got sworn at and now handles communications for a Fortune 10 MNC. A typical NRO, you may say…though he HATES the NR part of it!)