Addiction is addictive. Last week the phone went down and with it went down my Internet. I logged a call with MTNL and visited them everyday only to know that I had not paid my last months telephone bill and so it was down. I paid this month’s bill. They could have told me at the first day itself and then I could have solved the problem then but it takes a while for the sleeping giant to wake up.
With new companies coming up and MTNL having tough competition, I wonder if they can go on with the delay. Still the people were polite. I remember the first time we had applied for telephone, it took us six years to get one. MTNL was a monopoly and the employees were rude as if they were doing a big favor for everybody who applied for a phone. I guess competition does bring some professionalism.
The point is not that my Internet was down. the point was it was down but I was addicted. Getting a laptop and unlimited Internet has made me addicted to Internet. There is this constant need to stay connected. A need to be in touch. A need to hold on and then its strange. Strange because nobody misses me. I haven’t received many mails since the last time I went offline. There are lots of forward but then I am part of a larger crowd nothing worthwhile addressed to me in particular. No major comments except a couple on the blog. A few offlines on Meebo and nothing on Yahoo or Gmail.
And yet still I need to be online, be connected, search Google for answers when I need them. Unfortunately and sadly not all answers are found on Google. These answers are never found anywhere. Pretty philosophical I must say.
If I look back at the past seven days, I must say that I live quite a boring life, pretty boring life. I have been without a project for quite a while now and also on a holiday. Without a job, without Internet and without anything to do, I have to admit, pretty boring life.
Without anything to do, I was forced to watch the soaps on TV as Mom likes to watch them. I cannot sit through 5 minutes of them. I watch this soaps and it makes me actually feel better. I really have a better life then them. I mean better than the characters in the soap and not the people in the soaps. I don’t understand the huge viewers base for such soaps. Give me “Friends” or “Office Office” any time. You just remember them for that episode. Start from any episode and end at any episode.
A good thing about the forced Internet break was that I watched many movies which I had kept for latter time. Movies I would have almost never watched. From “The Bourne Trilogy” to Russel Crowe in “A Good Year” to the unheard “Gafla” to “The Maltese Falcon” to animation fun like “Cars” and “Monsters Inc” I have seen a lot. I realized how I loved watching movies. I realized how I loved getting suck into the stories and characters of movies.
On a very brighter side, Chetan became a father. Chetan’s wife “J” gave birth to a baby boy on 23rd November. He is born in USA. Looks like a nice boy. It may be quite a while before I actually meet him.
I have stayed home for a long time now. Its the first time in my life in this company that I am without a project here. A lot of spare time for unnecessary thinking.
I need to find something before it becomes a habit.