These days, many of us are reading e-papers online but we haven’t grown to let go of our good old newspapers yet. Yesterday, I sat to paint varnish on my recently bought cane laundry basket. By habit, took a few old newspapers from the stack and laid them down in the balcony before proceeding with the task. As my mind wandered about what my next post for the bog should be, I came up with this. How would our life have been without the physical prints of news?
1. How would most of us begin our mornings with a cup of tea or coffee without reading our favourite newspapers?
2. What would a few people take to the loo to begin their morning rituals? (Don’t look at me like that. I am not among them) Carrying a laptop along would a bit too much, wouldn’t it?
3. What would we use to cover the racks of our wardrobes, almirahs, cabinets?
4. How would we eat our roasted peanuts from the roadside vendor?
5. What would the paan waala wrap the paans in when I take away for Ma?
6. How would the bangle storekeeper pack the set of bangles I buy from him?
7. On what do we spread the discs rolled out of balls of dough when I am cooking in the kitchen?
8. What would my Amma and Annamma have used to land their deep fried goodies on, to absorb the excess of oil?
9. How would I get my mirrors to look sparkling clean without the rubbing of newspaper bits against them?
10. How would I have picked up chunks of potty in the initial years of Mantam’s lives when no corner of our home was untouched by their droppings?
11. How would we have packed all the glassware while moving houses?
12. How would we help Mantam complete their scrap book project when the teacher asks to get pictures of junk food and healthy food?
13. How would I store my green chillies, half a kilo of which I buy at one shot, in the refrigerator?
14. How would I jump in joy and treasure the money that I earn on selling the old stack of neatly piled newspapers more than my monthly salary?
Tell me folks! What other use do you put the humble newspapers to?