It was a bumpy, and at times scary, ride on a Bolero early in the morning but that saved me a day’s walk to arrive in Musikot, the headquarter of Rukum district. As I ordered the food I took out the iPad from my bag and started browsing the Twitter app. A tweet by Kyle G Knight, a Kathmandu-based Fulbright fellow, attracted my attention. The tweet was an extract from a New York Times article with the link at the end: “with Apple’s resources, he could’ve revolutionized industry to manufacture devices more humanely, and chose not to: http://nyti.ms/pY0oeT“
Could’ve? I sensed something wrong with the tone because I knew Steve Jobs was sick and that he had resigned from Apple recently. My worst fear came true. The story began with this sentence: “STEVE JOBS was an enemy of nostalgia.”
[Nov 5 note: I wrote an article on Steve Jobs/स्टिभ जब्स – the news, his book and the person in yesterday’s Hello Shukrabar, the weekly supplement of Kantipur. The book, called “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, was published on 24th Oct. I downloaded a copy of its Epub version on iPad on 27th.]
I felt incredibly sad as I read that report. It was as if somebody I had known for long and from very close had passed away. I browsed the Times site to read other news reports and the obituary piece. A report mentioned American president Barack Obama’s statement in which he, according to the Times, described Mr. Jobs as one of “the greatest of American innovators” who exemplified the country’s ingenuity. “There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented,” Mr. Obama said.
That felt so true. I was one of those people who had just learnt about Jobs death in the device he invented.
The Times report added: “And many passed along the news with their iPads and Macintoshes and iPhones, simply because these devices of his creation had become so integral to their daily lives.”
On the day Jobs had died, I was in Dhorpatan, away from the Internet and the news, capturing beautiful scenery in the iPad- both in photos and videos.
After getting updates from around the world on topics other than Steve Jobs it was time for me to go around the Musikot bazaar to explore the place. I didn’t like it. The hill looked unattractive with ugly concrete buildings sprouting all over. The neighborhood looked dirty. The good view from near the airport was the only consolation of the day. I walked for about 20 minutes from the bazaar to reach the airport where a small Nepal Airlines plane landed, dropped off passengers and boarded in others and flew away. All in about 20 minutes. That is what is called Short Take Off and Landing.