Sunday, March 2, 2008

My time -machine!




The prompt at Sunday Scribblers was time machine. The movies and books have always been my time machines. One brings the past alive visually while the other flies you there with just words. If you've succeeeded in reaching the destined place and felt the characters' pain/joy, then the book has served its prupose.

Personally, what better time machine do i have, than the internet? I speak to my sister in Boston when it is day here and night there. I catch up with my family and friends back in India, where they are over two hours behind. I even have a crystal ball - my webcam!!In a day, I cross various time zones leaving virtual footprints in blogs of people in different countries.

Having said that , if ever a time machine is invented, i wouldn't use it. There is no point in going back to a past that has made me what i am. There is no future and no magic, if you can go forward in time and know what is going to happen. I would rather live in the present enhancing my limited knowledge, gathering my experiences and hopefully be a wizened time machine for my grandchildren (assuming , of course that they would want to know about 'the good 'ol days'!)

21 comments:

paisley said...

i love the net... i would never know all the wonderful talented people from all over the world i have met if it wasn't for the net... this was a lovely post.....

Prats said...

Oh what would life be otherwise...
I'm like you...can't stand the thought of knowinng whats going to happen. You said it so right...the magic needs to be there...

Rambler said...

I liked the idea of internet as a timemachine, now that you have brought that up, I feel its so true.

Keshi said...

u said that right..Internet is such a great n smart time machine!

Keshi.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Movies, books, the internet - definitely all the time machines we need

--xh-- said...

so true - internet is practically a time machine; and yeah - i think it wont be terribly exciting to back to our past, but i may visit some points so that i can relive the memory. I will travel to witness soem events and meet some of the people i really would like to meet - but flying to future is a strict no-no for me...

Ziah said...

Hey TA!!:) Love the idea of internet as a time machine:)

Now when I think of it... The only other "i" I'd think would work as a time machine, and a pretty cool one at that, would be our heads (Imagination!!):)

Guruprasad said...

i personally prefer the time machine calvin built where you go in through one end of the cardboard box and come out the other end in any time zone you chose.... as long as you could get away from the current problem staring you in your face :)

the computer is our cardboard box

Ps said...

Internet is great--but such a limiting time machine.On some days typing two dots and a hald bracket to show you are smiling just doesnt cut it!
;-)

rayshma said...

so agree with u! the magic has to prevail... where's the fun if u know it all!?
:)

Sumana said...

Surprise always keeps us going kinda. Repeatation is kinda boring. Well said

Preethi said...

Like Guruprasad - I was thinking of Calvin too.. :) My time capsule is my blogspot .. that will serve as a time machine for posterity!!

Heather said...

Great take on the "time machine" theme! The internet is certainly the closest thing to it! And what would we do without it?

Joy said...

That was a good simile - time machine and internet.

GuruPrasad: Have you seen the movie "Click" ? We should live in present and face what it shows us :)

Preethi said...

Read my take My time capsule

rebecca said...

you know, the internet as a form of time machine, is brilliant. well said....

m.flowerr said...

Rightly said - there can be no better time machine than the internet!

Just Jen said...

yup, the good ol' days...lol
The internet is a good time machine!

Thinking aloud said...

@ jen...
oh yeah...soon we would be spouting those words...

@ rebecca...
thank you

@ joy...
hey thanks...I haven't seen Click...:(

what's up with you..how are te munchkins...?

@ heather...
what would we ever do without it? perhaps go back to letter writing :)

@ preethi...
so is mine...!!! and read your take...loved it :)

@ sumana...
not knowing what's gonna come is part of the magic of looking forward to the future...u r right, the surprise element keeps us going...

@ ray...
so qui _ verra...? will take time to spell that phrase...:(

Thinking aloud said...

@ paisley...
Thank you...

2 prats...
we always agree with each other...but sure would help if we knew how we were gonna fare in THOSE exams...:(


@ rambler...
hey..thanks..


@ keshi...

thank you,
with the number of readers you get...yours is the perfect time machine...:D

@ crafty greenpoet...
Thank you..

@ -xh...

going back to relive certain periods/incidents can be intetesting and scary ..ever heard of grandfather paradox?

@ ziah...
hey so true!! imagination...now why don't you overwork that a bit and finish muffet for me? :(

@ guruprasad...
heh..heh..calvin is so cute...i would agree with 'almost' everythng calvin says ...:)


@ ps...
true...

but te charm of living miles apart and still being able to see a loved one smile, is something to be experienced...and it sure does bring those miles closer...

this is not perfect but then what is?

Phiala said...

Keep up the good work.