Rijul is a high school student in his last year of schooling, and all busy these days preparing for his final exam. Computer is his favourite subject. He was very enthusiastically teaching his grandpa about storage.
“You see, first it was kb. Then mb… that is megabyte, then gb… and now it is tb…. you can virtually store anything….. for many many years …do you get anything ” ?
Me, the grandfather was not sure was able to grasp all that he was telling…
My mind went far far away. Yes, we too had a storage-system….. a brown all leather briefcase ! This was the all important Storage System for us. My father was very meticulously keeping things here….. a large variety of things…. our house ownership documents, school and university certificates of all his four children, their exam marksheets, bank pass books (hand written!), a small red plastic case for smaller but vvip items like a few gold bangles of my mother .. my passport, pension nomination papers… Wow !And any other things which he thought should be stored safely.
Those were before the xerox age. Thus often we asked him for school certificates or marksheets and we would neatly copy-write them with blue ink pen on plain paper and get it attested by a Govt. Officer, for all our practical purposes. He would several time give us reminder to get the original returned. Once he got them back he will again store them in the Storage Box.
Well, listening up to this point, our Rijul was all perplexed and amused !
After a little while I called him again and handed over to him the Real Storage. He was indeed baffled to find some items still lying safe in the Storage …. a bank pass book – hand calcuted , the “red box” … it had a few blades which he did not believe were used for actual shaving, a cloth-made money purse with a few 10paise coins (he never knew that such coins existed !)