If you asked me at the beginning of this millennium, what FORWARD meant, I would have told “it means advancing, going ahead” or on similar lines, that is literal. But for the better part of this decade, I, like most of you, have been getting dozens of Fwds. And today, by FORWARD I first think of those Fwd-ed mails or SMSes.
Just sample a few of the Fwd-ed mails:
Fw: ` she is cUte :: daUghter of tOm cruise “`
Fw: How china gets gold medals – really worth
Fw: Jammu Riot Facts… Dont miss this
Fw: Software engineers Dream Girl ……………..wow
Fw: ONCE IN 2400 YRS
Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Fwd: Fw: truth behind amarnath..pity hindus?:]]]]]]]]k
Fwd: FW: Kuselan Movie Stills…
Fwd: FW: Karnataka’s Rich Heritage
Fwd: FW: Beta No. 1
Fwd: FW: FW: FW: Read Below…
Fwd: Fwd: FWD: Don’t ignore this mail
Plenty of FWDed SMSes (jokes, those ‘Send-this-to-20-people-in-3-mins’ types and Loan offers…) too bother just when you are about to enter an ICU, attending nature’s call, in a meeting, thinking about a design, giving bath to your kid….
Some Fwds are really very good. Like say when someone came out with ‘Why Misbah Ul haq got out’ in that crucial match against India. He was caught by Sreesanth, and the mail said – Misbah didn’t know there is a Mallu in every corner of the world!
Fwd-ing Jokes and riddles are fine. But not everything can be forwarded you see. Irresponsibly FWD-ing an SMS can disturb everybody. This is what happened in the lives of A, B and C this morning:
Early morning, B receives an SMS from A saying “My f-i-l passed away”.
B is very busy attending to the morning duties, and hence FORWARDS the message to C. C, having met B’s f-i-l a couple of days back, is shocked after reading the SMS!
When C calls B, B is very normal and doesn’t sound disturbed. C tells about the SMS, and only then B tells that A’s f-i-l passed away. What a start to the day!
Maybe there needs to be a 2-year Post Graduate Diploma in FORWARDING MANAGEMENT!