I have never quite understood the concept of “say my Hi” to XYZ before hanging up the phone or leaving a friend’s or relative’s place. I mean if you imagine in reality how will saying your hi be…
Asha and Pooja are very good friends. Asha has come to meet Pooja at her place. They both have spent more than the normal number of hours together talking to each other. There is nothing that either of them have missed out on. They have had pre meal snack together (and a selfie), they had lunch together (and a selfie), they had hi tea together (and two more selfies). Their make-up is gone (no more selfies), their clothes are creased now, they have no clue where their bags are, they have finished running their hands to untangle their hair as much as they wanted. Not just that they have finished staring at each other face, hands, neck and practically everything that they could stare at and they have even forgotten to use the restroom!
Now finally the moment has come when Asha is about to leave Pooja’s place. Asha is at the threshold of the house. The elevator arrow is indicating that it is just a floor away. Asha has exchanged goodbyes the 4th or 5th time before entering into the elevator. Elevator door is about to get closed there is practically only so much gap that you can see 1/4th of the person standing outside and in that rush moment Asha says bye one last time only to add this time “say Hi to Ram” !!
Say Hi to Ram?? Really?? Where did that come from? From morning till evening not even once Ram was mentioned and now when it was the blink and miss moment suddenly a Hi for Ram?? Why?
How will it be when Pooja goes back to actually say Hi to Ram? What is she going to say? “Ram, Asha had come home today and she has said Hi to you”? What would Ram say? “OK and what did the two of you do?”
Pooja recollects the entire day in her mind. She remembered talking about ex boyfriends, bitching about mother in laws, gossiping about a third forth and fifth friend, the food hogging sessions, the cigarettes and the perfume spray to nullify the tobacco smell, the shopping discussions, weight gain cribs, benefits of green tea, the usual bad sex life discussion and so much more.. finally she says “nothing much just general talks” and discussion gets over.
So what is the big deal about it? I am thinking how did Asha’s hi help anything anyway? What would have changed without that abrupt hi?
In a connected environment what does it take to send a message on WhatsApp and say hi if you really want to say hi… or even easier just go ahead and like a Facebook comment of the person whom you want to say hi to! These days likes are valued more than Hi any which ways.
A lone hey with no context before or after it, is bizarre, abrupt, redundant and absolutely ineffective mode of communication or whatever it was intended for! No it is not a big deal to say a Hey but what I am trying to say is why do we do things if we can as well manage without doing it!
Short Story: Confinement By Nature
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