Sunday, May 11, 2014

(8) The Laptop

Author: Rizwan Ahmed Memon

Village Akil
Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan
April 19, 2014

Dearest Seemi,

It is harvest time. Fields look yellow and the evening is beautiful. I am sitting in the fields surrounded by yellowish wheat. I am typing this letter on my laptop! Yes, I have bought a new laptop. I have a salary at the center where I teach. It wasn’t enough, but my mother’s pension helped me buy the laptop.

My brother used to spend my mother’s pension for the expenses of the house. Since he has become independent, my mother gives me that money. I have many problems, but I must go on. The laptop has given me mobility and increased my creative writing. Whenever I dream up a good idea for a poem or story, I just turn on the laptop and start writing. 

I once wanted to be an actor. However, I didn’t pursue this goal. As I grew up, I realized that I am a writer. I remember I had an interest in literature from my childhood. Well, here in Pakistan a writer can’t make money by writing. People criticize me for writing saying you get nothing out of it, and it is nothing but a waste of time. Anyway, I don’t write to be paid. I hope you will like my imagination when you read my works.

I run a blog. Its address is I know you don’t know what a blog is and cannot access it, but I will tell you about these modern marvels after our marriage. You know, I want you to learn English and computer skills after our marriage. I love you even though you cannot speak English or use a computer. Whether you learn English or not, I will always love you the same way even after our marriage.

I will help you learn them if you want to. I hope we will be together soon.

Yours always,

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