Memory / Memories / Delete / Un-delete / Forget / Forgive…

My Father presented me with His Digital Diary, Casio SF-R20 in 1993. He took a backup of it in his newer model and gave the thing to me with all its paraphernalia, the two memory cards and the data cable et al.

I was pretty sure that He shall be with us for ever and hence pressed the Master Reset button that was under the battery panel.

It took me some years and by 2003, it had about 1300 names and addresses and a lot many birthdays and other events.

His data is with me in one of the memory cards that I keep in my briefcase.

That is a different tangent.

One day, sometime in 2004, one of my technically brilliant friends, in a bout of stupidity, placed the Diary on my Clarion WoodBoxed speaker. The strong magnet in it did what it does best. Corrupted the whole memory of the Digital Diary. Strange characters appeared on the LCD screen. I thought all was gone, however I feared not! I had a backup. I gave up on using the thing for a few years and one fine day tried to revive it, just for old time’s sake, as presently it was not required, with the new crop of mobile phones having taken its place.

I switch it on and what do I see!

To my utter disbelief, there is all HIS data, and I had NOT used the data card to restore the back up.

The question is, if an electronic memory, when flash-deleted refuses to vapourize, and RESURFACES after a good decade, how the FUCK is a human expected to forget and possibly forgive?



  1. Vibha
    Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 14:07 | Permalink

    Well thats whats the difference between a human and any m/c. It needs human efforts to wipe out things deliberately. It has no intelligence to do it itself. And human has nevertheless the power to delete his own memory as well :)


  2. nitin
    Posted Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 19:49 | Permalink

    forgiving and forgetting. they sound so similar. add to that our changing opinion. we have the power to forgive, to move on. we CAN NOT deliberately forget. I agree with Vibha only partially. but getting to Ra’s query. Why is it so difficult to forgive? well that depends if you want to…. Make up your mind, live with a vengance, nothing wrong with that. the only thing that gets constantly scrwed is our mind. do what ever it takes to get your peace of mind back, and do it quick. revenge? forgive? the choice is yours. as for forgetting, best of luck and start getting jealous of my amnesia. i sleep well for i forget easily, at times even before i forgive.


  3. breakoffboy
    Posted Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 20:06 | Permalink

    hey man. remembering someone is a tribute to them. we remeber lost ones becoz they have been of special importance to us. so why forget?
    just be with the memories.
    its the best way to keep them alive.
    all we can do is try to, till we finally, one day, forget


    • Posted Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 15:23 | Permalink

      It was all about the unpleasant ones!

      By the way, after a long time, from this no-capitalization-no-punctuation-pathetic-anagrams’ generation, good use of the dear Comma.

      Go for the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves.


      • breakoffboy
        Posted Friday, June 12, 2009 at 19:15 | Permalink

        can i call your suggestion rude. Not getting offended or something but i was more of looking if my reply helped you or did not. we have an opinion on things. looks like you are more concerned about the clothes.

        i like my choices basic and without any coverings. you like punctuations. good for you.

        will not thank you for the book suggested. my language skills are bad as it is. will not want anyone repeating that to me.

        i might not be as wise or as learned to be able to blog reams.

        coming back to your unpleasant memories. i will repeat. you keep remembering or lets say are being reminded. just stick to your guts. you have dealt with the demon once. the enemy is not unknown anymore. i expect you be prepared better to face it the next time on. surprise element in bad experience is the worst. may synergies help you in sorting out your differences.


        • Posted Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 09:58 | Permalink

          Thanks for the kind words. I shall read them again and I think I know you.


  4. breakoffboy
    Posted Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 12:05 | Permalink

    all i can say about you

    mark me as spam or report my comments
    the choice lies with you

    i know its a bit too late to say it but i shall

    punctuations are for people who can not make their point clearly
    marks are like crutches or supports
    only toddlers or maimed or diadvantaged people use them
    which one of them is you


    • Posted Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:45 | Permalink

      Ouch! That hurt…

      And, anyway, you have not given me any look up to report or whine against you! :-P


  5. Ashar
    Posted Friday, June 19, 2009 at 03:18 | Permalink

    Abay Rahul-
    Kyon is jhakki kay sath jhak maar raha hai… punctuations and all..


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