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People say I’m like an elephant.Β 

Before you start rolling on the floor with uncontrollable laughter, please note that the likeness is restricted to its mental attributes only!

You’ve certainly heard of the phrase, ‘An elephant never forgets’. Well, that’s where I come in. I have a good memory. It’s not photographic and it’s not foolproof, but it’s pretty good. One of the things I loved doing , growing up, was remembering people’s birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and important milestones. Aunts and uncles always said that they would invariably wait for my call on the day.

As time went by, this extended to names and faces. Remembering people after meeting them once is something most people find difficult. Strangely, I reveled in this. V always turned to me for help in recalling names and faces, a fact that I obviously enjoyed.

Today, with Facebook to tell you whose birthday is coming up or your mobile phone to display the caller’s name and picture, there is no need for us to retain information.

And, that scares me! In fact, there is more pressure.Β 

If I miss a birthday now, the unspoken implication is , ‘How could you forget? It was up on display on your News Feed!’

If I don’t recognise a number, the caller asks, ‘What? I thought you had saved my number!’

Sigh, I don’t know about you, but I resent the fact that the ‘elephant effect’ is being taken away from me. I want to remember all this on my own. Technology should aid, not overtake.

And, let’s face it. The world can always do with more elephants, both the wild and the human variety.

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Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

E is for Elephant effect

My theme for the month is :Β Introspection in shades of 11

My recommended blog for the day is Tulika Singh and her post on Enid Blyton πŸ™‚

Also linking this to theΒ Ultimate Blog ChallengeΒ for April


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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Preetilata【ツ】 · April 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Oh it means that I am an elephant as well but I have realised long back that with the advent of technology my sharp memory is not that sharp anymore. I still remember birthdays but not the phone numbers anymore. Such a loss it is for sure. I so can relate to your post.

Aditi · April 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I agree that we need more elephants of all kinds! πŸ˜‰ I was never good with names or no's but always remembered birthdaya but sadly I am now dependent on FB!

Sue Ann Bowling · April 5, 2014 at 1:27 am

I'm one of those who can't remember anything.
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Sreeja Praveen · April 5, 2014 at 3:35 am

Fully with you, here. I'm an elephant myself, with regard to phone numbers and birthdays, and the advent of technology threatens to take away this faculty from us. I take a conscious effort to key in the number and then make the call while using the mobiles, even if that person is in my contacts list. Thanks for sharing this with us, here. This is surely a topic to introspect !!

Beloo Mehra · April 5, 2014 at 3:51 am

I am so bad with memorizing such details like birthdays, anniversaries…I remember these for only a handful of people in my immediate/extended family. I tell myself this is enough, because all those others aren't really that important for me anyway πŸ™‚

Rajlakshmi · April 5, 2014 at 4:10 am

I too posted on Elehpant πŸ˜€ I have a stupid memory in terms of recognizing faces… but I remember incidents… as clear as day. I might remember meeting you but will not remember the face πŸ˜›

Kim I · April 5, 2014 at 4:15 am

Hi! I used to be really good at remembering things. I assumed as I got older, my memory started slipping but I think you are right in the fact that the technology is overtaking rather than aiding! I'm not sure which I prefer LOL! πŸ™‚ Great read. Thanks!

Kim I · April 5, 2014 at 4:16 am

And I love your “60 Days since I last yelled”!

Swathi Shenoy · April 5, 2014 at 5:32 am

well i do hav the memory of an elephant but only when it comes to remembering bad things!! i tend to remember things whch am supposed to forget n forget thngs whch i shud remember πŸ˜›

P V Ariel · April 5, 2014 at 5:51 am

Hi Shailaja,
Very interesting piece!
The 'elephant effect' and
the 'technology effect'
Good keep writing
Keep informed. πŸ™‚

Vidya Sury · April 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

Hahaha. I am blessed with an elephant's memory too. And? I write everything down. πŸ˜‰ don't depend on technology to nudge moi.

Loved your post.

PhenoMenon · April 5, 2014 at 8:28 am

And that reminds me of a wise man saying…Fools forgive and forget…The wise forgive but never forget !


Shilpa Garg · April 5, 2014 at 8:39 am

Wow! That makes us two of a kind! I am good at remembering things too! As you rightly mentioned, it has its drawbacks too. Recently, I missed informing KG about a friend's birthday. (Yes, I remind him to call friends and relatives on important occasions) and he coolly said, ' You never forget so there must be a reason for not reminding me”. Rolling my eyes was the only option I had by means of explanation!

Leo · April 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

I'm a bit like an elephant in the physical attribute too πŸ˜› little bit πŸ™‚ but I like that I can remember things easily. Like birthdays.

sulekkha · April 5, 2014 at 11:09 am

I am very good at remembering names, dates and faces whereas my husband is not πŸ™‚ He turns to me for help when he is faced with a person whose name he has forgotten, which is very often. Loved your elephant post πŸ™‚

tulika singh · April 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

I'm so not an elephant in your sense.. Though might be closer to one in appearance.

Jayanta Tewari · April 5, 2014 at 11:49 am

My wife used to say, till a few years back, that I had a photographic memory… No longer now on the wrong side of 40 :-(.

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I was like d elephant (remembering things) but after FB, trust me I forgot my best friend's bday and i was so struck up bcos she was like even FB didn't remind u.

Worst was one of my friends wontedly changed bday on FB and i wished wrongly -_-


ovengoodies · April 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

πŸ™‚ I can empathise with that. I used to be SD's shopping list, birthday and name diary rolled into one until motherhood struck. Now my brain's like a sieve. πŸ™‚ I blame it all on RD.

Somber Scribbler · April 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Elephant Effect. I love it! I was the birthday encyclopedia. I still am for people from my past, but new people, forget it. I guess FB has made me lazy.

Damaria Senne · April 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

I used make an effort to remember things and like Kim, I assumed age was having an effect on my memory. I love tech; appreciate its advantages and worked in that sector for a long time, but yeah… I think it is overtaking us. Suddenly if it's not in my To Do List in Cozi, it's unlikely to get done. Not wonderful.

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · April 6, 2014 at 5:48 am

I too used to remember telephone numbers but now I can barely remember names.
For some things technology is making us weak.

Jaimie Ramsey · April 6, 2014 at 6:02 am

I only recently bought a cell phone. In high school, I had an actual address book in which I kept street addresses, phone numbers, and even (later) email addresses of family, friends and acquaintances. But I memorized a lot of addresses and even more phone numbers to the extent that I can still dial my best friend's cell phone (and her home phone) from memory. I also listed peoples' birthdays in that book so I remember most of those too. (And yes, I still have the book!)

My own cell phone number? Couldn't tell ya. πŸ˜‰

Stopping by from the A to Z πŸ™‚

Jaimie Ramsey · April 6, 2014 at 6:02 am

and I'm at πŸ˜‰

Richa Singh · April 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

Another Elephant post πŸ˜€ well I am also known for something similar. So much so I remember every single detail of my childhood too!

Richa · April 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

I'm also an 'elephant'. These days, I rely on technology (with a hard copy back-up!) for birthdays, anniversaries, phone numbers, etc., preferring to save my elephant-like quality for things like remembering faces, names, incidents, etc.

The one negative about being an 'elephant' is even unpleasant memories cannot be erased! πŸ™

Psych Babbler · April 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

Oh wow…you are one of those people who never forgets! πŸ˜›
I used to be very good at remember birthdays but lately, being more busy and I guess a bit slack with FB, I have forgotten a few. I am so not good at remembering names though …faces yes. Names not really.

Corinne Rodrigues · April 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I used to have a fantastic memory and was the go-to person for my family – but now I have a few problems retrieving old information! πŸ™‚

Anita · April 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Shailaja, Great memory! Keep it up!
True that though tech has made our life easy, lots of problems such as the ones you have shared πŸ™‚

Nabanita · April 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm

ha in that case I'm an elephant too! But lately there are silly things that I forget like what we call curtains or candles or silly things…I find it hard to explain that to people…

Random Thoughts Naba

Danny Simon · April 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I have a poor memory! lol can never really remember stuff especially when I want to either!

Writercat59 · April 6, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Very clever post and the connection to elephants. How lucky you are to have a good memory like that. I don't. I make lists and then lose the lists. Yes, technology is sure making us lazy when it comes to remembering. Why bother? Just Google it!

Shesha Chaturvedi · April 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Hehe! I too have said to have an elephant's memory. Though its not a positive feedback in my case (lol). On serious note, these facebook updates are really a pressure.
Though I am saved because of my habit. When others' forget my day, I call them and ask them to wish me! πŸ˜€ So it has become a ritual for them too, 'better to remind it than to mind it' πŸ˜‰

Elsie Amata · April 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm

My best friend still has the best memory. We live in different states but she still remembers all of my kids' birthdays. It's really amazing. I'm terrible when it comes to matching a face with a name. It takes me a few times before I remember them.

AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

Sundari Venkatraman · April 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

So true! I used to remember so many telephone numbers. With the advent of the cell phone, my brain has given up it's elephant effects indeed

sitara nair · April 7, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I am also of the elephant kind…..
Used to remember even the minutest of the details……
But now…….I am not that sharp…..probably technology is the answer

G Angela · April 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I was good at remembering birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates, now i am finding difficult to remember !

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