Soulful machines: Cell Phones

Machines, appliances, and gadgets sometimes feel like they have their own personalities — from quirky cars to dignified food processors. What’s the most “human” machine you own?

I’m lost without my cell phone,

A machine that is an extension,

Of myself,

I can even talk on the ‘throne’.

What a wonderful invention,

A single ring gets my attention,

Does it have a soul?

It must have,

Without it, I’m hard to console.

—Linus Fernandes

Soulful group

Soulful group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Handmade Tales: Home-made food

English: Handmade

English: Handmade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Handmade ginger fudge.

Handmade ginger fudge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?

Home-made food.

Food made at home with loving care and dedication.

Items stirred and mixed and flavoured by hand.

This would top the list of items I prefer in their traditional, handmade version.

Sure, gadgets such as electric mixers have eased the burden and reduced the effort taken. But the tastiest and most nutritious meals are never packaged meals. They’re the meals our mothers made for us when we were kids.

Yes, nothing should ever replace this ancient and yet modern wonder.

Handmade shmura matzo used at the Passover Sed...

Handmade shmura matzo used at the Passover Seder especially for the mitzvot of eating matzo and afikoman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)