18 May, 2021

Mother Of All Geeks

Shattering the technophobe stereotype, more and more Indian mothers are going e

Mother Of All Geeks
Nirmala Raghuram always hated gizmos. The 61-year-old Mumbai-based homemaker and wife of a chartered accountant grudgingly learnt to work the electric sewing machine, washing machine, microwave oven and the mixer as they eased her domestic chores. But she kept away from cameras, video recorders and, of course, computers. But when Raghuram's son brought home a personal computer and hooked up to the Net some five years ago, she suddenly discovered a whole new world of communication with her daughter Manorama living more than 8,000 miles away in Chicago. First she would give hand-written letters to her son for keying in and e-mailing to her daughter. Then she decided to pick up typing, slowly, working at home and trying to control the "frustrating" mouse. Now she logs on at least once every day to send e-mail and chats with her daughter. Says she: "E-mail has changed my life. Communication is so much more faster and efficient."
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