"Baba, baba, tell us a story!"
My two favourite rascals in the whole world came running and plomped on the bed. Having uttered their demand in the first sentence they just settled down resting their chins on pillows and sat looking at me with those twinkly eyes that said they were not ready to move until they had heard a story.
I know when to give in...besides I knew how to keep these two amused.
I started, "Once upon a time, long, long ago.."
"Even before Google?" My fair-haired granddaughter interjected with her pixie face showing genuine astonishment.
I ruffled her hair which she combed with her fingers immediately, "Yes, sweetheart, even before Google."
"So once upon a time", I started again, "long, long, ago, even before Google, there was a time when computers lived in little boxes. There was a man who owned the search business and was called Billoo. Everybody went to him for search and respected his search Engine. You have to understand that in those days search was a symbol of status. The more time your search took, the more respected you were by your peers. Why, elders in the city used to have searches that could run for several full SECONDS."
"Wow!" They opened their mouths in incredulous wonder.
"Then one day a new search Engine was created and it was called Google. People shunned it because it was too fast. But then it was discovered that the search Engine was created by the two men called Page and Brin.It was rumoured that they were incarnations of the deities Brahma and Vishnu."
I paused to look at their little faces, still rapt with attention.
"They vowed to destroy the Search Giant Billoo. But then suddenly one day a new demon stormed the cyberworld. His name was Applasur and he used a rotten apple as his symbol." I tried to convey the horror of the thing with my voice.
"There was a BIG war! And I mean BIIIGGG!! Applasur attacked the twin deities with ifonaban and ipadashastra. But the deities were strong. They built a big weapon Androidachromashastra that was both a weapon and a shield all in one. Applasur threw new version after version of his weapons and many, many people became victims of his weapons. The deities were strong, they cast a spell upon their super-weapon...they said.."
May the SOURCE be with you!
They watched me with open-mouthed awe.
"Then what, baba?" My grandson asked breathlessly.
"Then...what always happens, the victory of good over evil...Applasur was destroyed by the deities and the people of Earth were blessed forever with good technokarma."
"That was bound to happen." my smartypants graddaughter proclaimed.
"Okay, now off to bed, you two."
As they exited their grandfather's room, her brother said. "That was a good question huh, even before Google?!" He imitated her voice.
She tittered, "Of course. I know when granddad begins to tell such big whoppers, that means the story is going to be good. He doesn't know our teacher already told us that Google always was, is and always will be. But the story was good, no?"
"Very true", he agreed then chuckled, "Computers in boxes...ha..ha..ha."
They ran off to their rooms.