JournalismPakistan.com November 10, 2013
Not so long ago our lives were ruled by remote controls. The Hunt for Red October was a mere doddle compared to the hunt for a missing remote. Now, life is all about chargers. They control us, they are the commanders in our parade ground.
Stay over at someone’s place or check into a hotel and it is all about chargers, here’s your Duty Free gift, now do you have a charger for my mobile, where’s the charger for the laptop, and the one for the IPad and migoodness, I don’t think I packed my Blackberry connector, woe is me.
I am not joking. This is exactly how we start our visit. Not with how’s the family and how are the children and all that normal stuff…the first question is do you have an adapter, you know the multi-purpose one, then the husband and wife argue about who was supposed to pack it and he says I told you and she says, so, you could have done it, it’s your phone and then the hosts are saying trying my charger but everyone’s charger is different (how do you think those manufacturers make money?) and now everyone is charging around looking for plug points into which these chargers must go and, sure enough, one decides not to work.
Chargers have minds of their own, and they plot to destroy yours. It is a secret but they actually have the ability to burn out on you or refuse stubbornly to make that ‘peeyoot’ sound which indicates they are electronically fired up and that little lightning bolt comes on and you can struggle all you like but you are so dependent on your charger and what is life with only one bar of power. Panic stations everyone.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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