S is for Sharing Memories #atozchallenge

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TaleOfTwoTomatoes – Not that the Tomato girl needs any introduction.  But I love her true stories spiced with life.  This time about being an Army wife. 

Me, Otherwise –  She is writing true stories about people around us.  Check them out. 

Meanwhile, read another slice of life about Dia and Sameer.


It was a holiday they had planned three months ago.  As usual,  Dia had done the complete planning right from dates, stay, sight-seeing, packing and finally travelling.  She loved to do stuff like this.   Besides,  anything unplanned left her anxious.

So,  they landed at the holiday spot with the recommended minimum luggage.  Sameer had dissuaded her from carrying any of her gadgets,  not even the e-reader he had insisted.  She had agreed to it except for the cellphone which she was not ready to leave behind.  Sameer agreed.

It was a sight seeing day which they had booked with the local hotel.  They boarded the mini-van for sight-seeing, made friends with some other couples.  And the journey started.  They were passing through some beautiful landscapes when Dia decided to take a picture.  She fished for her phone in her sling bag.  It was not there.  Frantically,  she searched the small bag again.  Positive.  It was not there.  She panicked that the phone has been nicked.

Sameer gave her his phone to take pictures and told her not to worry about the lost phone.  Since, Sameer’s phone did not have her favourite apps for sharing pictures,  she soon lost interest and finally decided to not take any pictures.

When they got back home,  they had hardly any pictures to show to their family and friends and for social media.  Dia was very disappointed. But Sameer assured her,  ‘The holiday was for us and for us alone.  The memories are also ours.  Isn’t it good that we had a great time than showing off to people who do not really care.  I think we spent time enjoying a better holiday instead of clicking pictures.’

Dia agreed and smiled.  No more regrets.  Now,  to look for a new cellphone.

**This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple.  Short stories on their approach to daily life.  Do you know people like them?  Do share the stories with me. ***  

The characters Dia and Sameer are fully imaginary.  Any likeness to people is purely coincidental.   The views are the characters’ own and light-hearted.  They are not endorsements.


24 thoughts on “S is for Sharing Memories #atozchallenge

  1. That is actually a meaningful post. There should be some “us-time” which should not be shared publicly and smartphones are hurdle these days in spending quality time. Thanks for sharing it. 🙂


  2. Such a sweet one Lata. Sometimes I feel so offended when people on vacation keep sharing their pic. It kind of irritates me. I always enjoy holidays private. LOve story.

  3. Sameer is quite the wise one. I’m afraid I’m addicted to my gadgets like Dia is but I do draw the line at taking pictures on holiday. I prefer to create memories in my head to relive the best bits of the holiday. 🙂

  4. When it comes to clicking snaps .. both Dia and Sameer and like my husband and me. We are too lazy or wont be bothered much about being click – happy..
    I like the way the couple balances each other out .. Sameer is quite mature for most men that I have come across. no wonder he’s a fictional character — he he!

  5. I’m the one who clicks away and has over 3,000 pictures on her iPhone. Guilty! I have to step back at times. But, many times, I am happy (years later) to have those photos. They bring back such memories.

  6. Aawww! Dia and i would be BFFs. We both like to plan everything down to the last detail 😀
    And Sameer is right. The photographs are just for everyone else who couldn’t join in for the vacation. But the vacation is for the people who could be there! So why waste time taking pics 🙂

  7. Exact same thing happened with me. Except that I have a smart phone and camera! He was not letting me share the pics in social media or with friends and family. Said that those memories are ours! And to enjoy to the fullest. I was of course sad, but then realized that he made sense!

  8. Sameer is right. Sometimes we’re so intent on capturing moments and sharing them that we forget to enjoy them. Sometimes memories are all we need. Nicely written Lata.

  9. Really so true! In fact I think my kids are acting more mature nowadays, they hate posing for group selfies when we go out on holidays and are totally against sharing on social media….maybe it is our generation that is obsessed with this new found knowledge! That and the competition on social media…too much!
    @KalaRavi16 from

    1. Now that you say it, I realise it is so true. My sons are completely off posting pictures in social media. Funnily, I also saw that their Insta accounts are set to private. And I have to promise him that I will not post on social media.

    1. Sunita, I love to take pictures. I take loads of them. But, I feel, now the objective of the holiday is to take pictures and not really enjoying it.

  10. LAta, Agree with you. Very often when on a holiday my husband is more keen on clicking away. I often mention that he is missing out on soaking in the place and see whats in front. Our minds are the best camera and the photographs they click stay for a life time!!!!

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