JournalismPakistan.com October 6, 2014
My son-in-law has just bought an iPhone Plus, something that does everything his old phone used to do but only better. It is a sleek piece of silver steel or titanium, (not that I would know), and after I hide my 99 dirham Nokia so the difference is not too stark I say, “but does it auto-mute when my daughter (your wife) is ticking you off so you don’t forget to buy the right bread on the way back from office after a tiring day.”
He says, technology hasn’t got that far yet but this phone just feels good in your hand and it has all the features of the iPad with a phone to boot. Since 80 per cent of the features on my iPad are pristine and that means never used (IMBD, Pandora, Shazam, flipboard, podcasts, goodreads to name a few) I am so far back in the race it doesn’t matter.
He has a computer screen that is larger than my ‘dad we love you this is for your birthday TV flat screen’ and compared to my grand-daughter’s iPad mine looks it has just had two rounds with Mary Kom. There is a scratch on the screen which disappears if you hold the square titled to the right so it works.
I showed him my ten year old laptop and he said he has a friend in the USA who knows someone in the Smithsonian in case I am interested in donating it. He says no one uses Windows 98 anymore. Look, he says, to everyone this computer still has a Mr Stick on it, wow, that’s way out.
Then there is the other son-in-law. He and my daughter are new parents but that doesn’t stop his routine. He gets up at 5 am to run 10 kilometers and I have this grand suspicion he does it just to make me feel old and mouldy. He denies this but then after we have played badminton and I am gasping like a beached whale he warms up with 15 kilo weights and a casual 100 push-ups for the next 30 minutes. It wouldn’t be so bad if he did all this before we played but after… that’s hurtful. And when all this is done and I am tottering up the stairs to reach my bed so I can recover, he goes twice around the park. He is now planning to run from Dubai to Abu Dhabi for charity. I get tired driving.
In the upstage department these two win hands down.
One day I shall get even, just figuring out how… any ideas.
(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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