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Date : 29th Sept 2014, 11.15PM
It seemed like a usual day. The same old boring bits of information. Ms. A got married, Ms. X had been promoted….. Mr. Z went abroad for the first time while Mr. Y had his tooth extracted. Really? How exciting? Except not!
I stared at the wall of my Facebook account running over the screen, in a bid to challenge myself to find something that captures my attention.
Until there it was. Something unusual…...something different……. A school friend had posted this status –
“Logged onto Orkut today to backup my photos.
Brought back some old memories. How sad ! L”
The word “Orkut” probably rang a bell in my head after God-knows-how-long. But I didn’t bother to find out why my friend was on Orkut ; or why she needed to backup her photos. I glanced at the status for a minute longer. With a blank face, I looked at the clock and decided to call it a day.
I heard the phone ring thrice. After the third time, I picked up the receiver.
Me: Hello?? Who’s speaking?
Caller: Guess who?
Me: I don’t seem to have heard your voice before.
Caller: I’ll give you a clue. I was your first friend on the social network.
Me: Nope, I still can’t make it out. Who is this?
Caller: *in a disappointed tone* I didn’t think you would give up so easily….. It’s me. Orkut.
Me: Orkut?.... O Hiiiii! Long time….. How’ve you been?
Orkut: Not very good lately. How about you?
Me: Great! Never been better…. So…. What’s up?
Orkut: *with a lump in throat* Nothing much. The same old routine you know. Getting ignored, waiting for people to stop by and say hi maybe…… Not anymore. I am just waiting to die tomorrow.
Me: What? What do you mean - you are dying tomorrow?
Orkut: Don’t tell me you haven’t heard. Google is shutting me down tomorrow. *lets out a wail*
Me: Ohhh! So that’s why my school friend was on Orkut to backup her photos.
Orkut: Huh!?! Listen… I don’t have all the time in the world today. I’ve got to go. I just wanted to connect with my users one last time….. Thought people would feel nice and tell me how much they’re going to miss me… I guess I was wrong………
*crying and sniffing* Up until few years ago, I was all that people had to talk about – interacting with long lost friends, scraps, photo sharing, friend requests – I started it all. But …. Ever since my contemporaries have arrived, everyone has forgotten me. It’s like I had so much to offer but no one wants it anymore.
It breaks my heart knowing I won’t be around you folks from tomorrow.
Me: Maybe there’s something that I can do to help you?
Orkut: *After a long pause* Maybe you could write to Google to say how much you’ll miss me once I’m gone….. It’s too late… I need to go.
Me: Wait!!!….. Don’t go. I’ll …. I’ll miss you.
Orkut: It’s too late… I can’t stay any longer… bye…
Me: Wait, wait, don’t go yet…. I need to speak to you………… WAAAAAAIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!
I woke up with a jolt and found myself awake on my bed. One turn to the side table calendar and the date – 30th Sept flashed on my face. After a quick fresh up I logged on to the internet and read the news. Yes, I had been dreaming but whatever happened in the dream was all true. I logged on to my Orkut account while striving hard to remember the last time I had been there.
I clicked open my photo albums. There it was. Some long lost pages of my life. A sudden gush of guilt swamped my own body and I couldn’t stop the tears that emerged from my eyes. Pics of some get-togethers with college mates, snaps of our family functions, selfies with besties, candid moments with my fiancé. They stared at me while I wiped my wet face and remembered my last conversation with Orkut.
My email account popped with a new message from Orkut. It read – ‘Goodbye dear friend….’ I broke down and cried uncontrollably letting loose the flood of emotions trapped in me. Without further delay, I wiped my tears and clicked open a new email to write to Google.
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