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Monday, 3 April 2017

#AtoZChallenge - 4-3-2017 - Letter B


Not so long ago, when computers came into our lives, there was a lot of confusion. Did they make our lives simpler or did they complicate things further? That was when some wag came up with this gem: “To err is human, but to really mess things up, there is nothing to beat a computer!”

Slowly the bugs got ironed out and our dependence on artificial intelligence began to grow. So much so that if our little e-buddy crashed, we were in danger of running around like headless chickens. That is when humans came up with the concept of Back-up: the e-equivalent of not putting all your eggs in one basket. Or rather, having duplicate eggs in various baskets ----hard drives, floppies, pen drives, hard copies, cloud, net---- the list of back-ups grows at a bracing pace!

This brings me to back-ups of another kind.

Have you noticed how some people can always be relied upon? Whether it is having a spare pen to lend you or a can of petrol, you know you can count on them to help you out.

She is the neighbour you run to for her extra gas cylinder, because you forgot to book yours. She is the mother who has chocolate, tissues and band-aid for your child as well as hers, on a play-date, because you didn’t think of it.

He is the colleague who has the contact numbers of everybody you could possibly need, from an A/C technician to a cardiac surgeon. He is the passerby who tells you that the shop you were hunting for has shifted to the first floor.

Each time we encounter such people--- call them angels or backups---we think, “Luckily, so-and-so helped me.”

The point to ponder is: Do you consider yourself blessed to have a back-up or are you a back-up for someone else? 

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