Amma, don’t you have a what’s App? Queried my maid even as she was dusting the furniture.
No, I said.
How come you don’t have, even my daughter has one and she sent me a recent photograph taken at the airport .You should see my grandson ,who has just turned a year posing like a film star, she gloated.
Oh yes, children are very smart these days, wish to show off when they are being shot, I laughed.
Do you have a what’s App? I asked on second thoughts.
No, amma, my second daughter has it and she is the one who showed me the picture, she said sounding unhappy.
I think it’s enough one person in the family has it, I said.
No amma, but she goes to work and returns quite late in the evening, and—
I knew what she would say next, ask me for an advance of a sizable amount to buy a smart phone and I wanted to forestall her.
She proved who was the smarter of us two by displaying her mobile, ‘Amma, these days it is essential to own a smart phone because an ordinary mobile like this doesn’t work sometimes. If you call me on a smart phone, I can instantly reply.’
n.meera raghavendra rao