24th June 2004
Have been Facebook-ing, trying to beat its “People you may know” widget on the right hand upper corner. Left index finger on the space-bar, right index on the left mouse click and on I go adding people. I get weird glances from my colleagues, but as the saying goes – “A jobless brain is Mark Zuckerberg’s workshop!”. Things have been turning out very pleasant and I can’t wait to find out whats going on with the other mates from school. The rotundesque topper has left his IIT roots and has turned – to Economics and into a stud. Something unbelievable back then. The tiffin stealing midfielder has learnt what hard work means, has pushed through college and will start practicing at the Delhi High Court, this week. Many have found the pleasures of married life and their culinary skills. There are only two loose ends left from that batch – one is typing this blog post. People say that an Ivy League college life, or facing the harshest environs(Mount Everest) that nature can throw at you – are two things that humble you, no matter who you are.
I say , all you need is Facebook.
And now, I return to hunting down that intelligent side-berth- occupying Bon Jovi singing companion of mine, from a train journey seven years ago. Whose college is visible from the Coimbatore railway station, who gave me her phone number on a bookmark which I left in a novella I borrowed from her, whom I now remember from something she forgot to take – all her photographs tucked away in my brain’s secret sleeves.
Update – There is no way you can beat that FB widget. It just stuffs down the entire friends list of the people you may have added seconds ago ( Yeah, “ago”, because 33 seconds is equivalent to human years in Facebook). Even though you may cross out all the people in the little squiggly widget, in two days time Facebook will be back with all of them with a “Do you know them, now?”