My Solitude and i
What would life have been
If you hadn't been there Google
Surfing would probably
Have never been invented
Or copy Pasting
How would i have obtained that perfect picture
Or researched my Posts
Or got inspired by Wiki
And the immense pleasure
Of tracing a long lost childhood friend
Indeed, my Solitude and I
What would life have been
If you hadn't been there Google.......
Two decades have passed by. The search for long lost University classmates has been futile. The Address Diaries have been sold to the kabadiwala. Letters have long been dumped into the dustbin. I join a Community on Orkut. My post in the community would probably show up on the Internet. And then the thought of Google brings a breath of fresh hope. Facebook has just started to manage a mass exodus from Orkut .Three months later i am traced by a classmate on FB, Thanks to the chronicling of Google. Bliss.
I Google my friend's name in vain. she is not on any social networking site. I wrack my brians hard and remember her Doctor husband's name. Yes, there is a certain Doctor by the same name who lives in USA.
I Google further and find a page which lists doctors family members. Yes he has a family member by my friends's name. she is the right age. But she is not on Facebook. Wait, there is another family member. listed. I search Facebook and there are six persons with the same name. I take a guess, she is my freinds' daughter. so, the girl living in US should be her daughter. I send a private message, ' I am trying to trace my college friend Axxx. Are you her daughter?' Twenty four hours later she confirms she is indeed my friend's daughter. She messages me her phone number and i talk to my friend after 28 years. Bliss.
Nostalgia makes me go through my old pictures. I find a treasured photograph of my friend with her hubby and son. We have been friends since the age of 10. Kept contact right till my elder daughter was three. And then got so involved with family and lost contact with her. I turn back and see the name of her husband and son written on the picture. I Google for her name but she is not there. and then i Google her husband's name. Yay, there is a man with the same name in the the city of Mangalore where my friend used to live.
I hurriedly note down the name and phone number of the company he is listed in. I call up the number and enquire about him. Yes, he used to work there once, but no more. I feel a twinge of disappointment , but not to give up that easily, further the man on phone,' Is he married to Mxxxxx'. "Yes", come the reply. BY now i am literally jumping with anticipation. "I am trying to locate my childhood friend Mxxxxx. Could you please give me their contact number?", i request the man. A pause and then, "0xxx xxxxxxxx." I thank him three times and put the phone down. Next minute i call up the number, keeping my fingers crossed. " Hi, this is Abha from Faridabad, can i talk to Mxxxxx?" . It is my friend on the phone indeed. We are again in touch after two decades. Bliss.
It has been two years since these three incidents. I am indeed grateful to Google for this incredible gift of my long lost friends. So now you know why Google is my FIRST LOVE , and why my Solitude and i Often Reflect....:))