Why I consult my students
The other day my Blackberry refused to wake up and died a timely death. It was a message to me to move on and keep up with the times. Everybody has been laughing at me because I don’t have a WhatsApp in my phone and don’t use my phone for anything but basic communications. My alumni students who are either working or studying did a bit of research and came up with a suggestion of a brand which they thought would suit me. I asked them what they thought was my personality type and what would therefore suit me. There was this unequivocal agreement amongst five of them (Chaithra who is studying Biotech, Phalitha who is studying Law, Swetha who is working at FirstSource, Asha who is the HR Manager at a FMCG, and Sandesh who has a started a head hunting company), that I was a no-nonsense person, patient with humans and dogs but impatient with gadgets, business-like with adults but loving with children, and did not know how to mince words. I was amazed at their insight and clarity. I did not tell them however, how some of my qualities has got me in to trouble with people who did not know how to deal with my directness. But children see through and understand much more than adults can.
So, when I went to a store to buy the phone, ( I need to touch and feel the old fashioned way!) I looked around and bought exactly what my kids recommended because they suggested a brand that was functional, tough and inexpensive. I smiled at how well they know me!
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