What it is like conversing with a robot? #writebravely


“Should I become an IT consultant?”

“Here are the matching images.”

“I didn’t ask for the images. I need to talk.”

“How may I help you?”

“Do you know who my Papa is? He is an IT consultant. Should I become an IT consultant like him?”

“Too many words. Please be specific.

“Do you know who my Papa is?”

“Here is a matching video.” 

“You and your images and videos. You know nothing. You are not helping. I am angry now.”

“I am sorry if you feel like that.” 

“Who are you?”

“I am your Google Assistant.”

“Dhruv, keep the phone down and go out to play football”, I called out to him. “Do you hear me?”

“Hey Google Assistant, should I become a footballer then?”

“Here is a matching video.”

“Argh…. show me something else.”

“Here is a matching quote.”

“You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille

“Coat? It is summer here. You know how hot it is here. The sun is burning. You want me to get burnt in the heat by wearing a coat. You know what fire is.”

“Too many words. Please be specific.”

“Dhroooov!”, I yelled out.

“I am going. I am going, Mummy. I have kept the phone down.”

Next moment –

“Hello, Mummy assistant. Do you know where my football is?”

This is not a real incident but my response to today’s prompt.

The inspiration for this post is the numerous everyday conversations between Dhruv and the Google Assistant. I am feeling spared these days but can’t say the same about Google Assistant which I am sure is feeling the heat of his questions. To my astonishment one evening, I heard it telling Dhruv “Stop, talking to me” and I couldn’t stop laughing. Is it even possible for a robot to give up?

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018 and this is my post for Day 4 in response to the quote prompt  “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” – Ratatouille





  1. Ha ha ha…my son was telling Siri..I love you one day…and I told my hubby Abhi Siri bahu banke ayegi..this is another great similarity between my son and Dhruv…Good read

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      1. Siri is the virtual assistant for iPhone.. similar to Google voice assistant…a bit more sophisticated😂😂😂😂


      2. Siri is bit more sophisticated than Google because she talks and even older people talk to Siri…I would always want my son to have human friends than all these Siri firi


  2. Hahahaa! Virtual friends of our kods in this virtual world 🙂
    Am sure Dhruv will have a lot more to talk to Google Assistant, if only you stop spoiling it for him. You diligent, wishing-the-best-for-your-son mother!


  3. Ha ha sounds like our Alexa! She has a way with words and my ten year old just like Dhruv goes ballistic with her commands. Dhruv is so adorable btw!


  4. Methinks the hero of your story little Dhruv is going to be a modern day Christopher Robin. I love he way you weave your stories around him .
    I experienced this robotic conversation with my grandso. And SIRI and the driver was amazed at the precocity if the little fellow.
    And I just loved the punny coat that allowed you to use the quote !
    I know who Dhruv gets his imagination from now !


  5. Ha ha ha… this is so cute. Google can drive the smartest people crazy. Mummy assistant is way more dependable.


  6. You are such a spin doctor Anu- Dhruv is going to grow up and demand copyrights over all these stories that you have been entertaining us with 😉

    Loved the dialogue and am happy to read – been missing your posts since a while now.


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