Google asked me to login to my blog today! After (three?) years I had forgotten that blogger uses a login – anyhow, it is awfully convenient that it is the linked to the google login. In this day and age when absolutely everything needs a login and password do you ever find yourself running out of creativity? When the process first started for me over ten years ago, first hotmail accounts and the name choosing thereof – amritaprasad – taken, amritaprasad83 – taken, thisisridiculous!!!- taken… you get the idea! Then comes the task of figuring out passwords that are, for all practical purposes, uncrackable. So the adolescent fourteen year old naively puts in the name of the latest crush or the hottest TV star at the time and can keep it this way until one day, several years later you need someone else to open your email for you and you have to sheepishly reveal said password.
So after the initial enthusiasm and the subsequent realisation that it is impossible to remember all the logins and passwords you decide on a few generic numbers and words and keep it that way! And speaking of logins and google – have you ever noticed how a person’s Gtalk status bar can tell you all you need to know about their state of mind that day, or how it can bind you for life! Like the day that Obama won – every status message on my Gtalk side panel had some variation of ‘Yeah Obama’! One look and it can give you that warm and fuzzy feeling that someone else is suffering too when the status message says ‘I hate work’ or ‘I need a break’! It can be a conversation starter like when I changed mine to ‘Amrita thinks’ – people wanted to know what I thought, voluntarily, without me having to hold a gun to their head or anything!
It can also be a conversation killer like when the message says ‘Do not disturb busy pretending to work’. It can be full of surprises, pleasant like when a friend says ‘Hi’ while on invisible or unpleasant when a friend says ‘Hi’ while on invisible and then compels you to change your status to invisible. Of course there are the quiet days when all it says is ‘Away’ or ‘Not at desk’ but then there are interesting times like when it says ‘I cannot believe it happened’ and then the conversation flows from there!
It is a little window to everyone’s lives and really it goes to show how we can really sum up our days into one little sentence.
Apart from analysing Gtalk messages I have also been reading ‘My sister’s keeper’ by Jodi Picoult and for now I am hooked!
Next update on this blog will be a book review.

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