Gotta Love the Internet
- By Indu Shanmugam
- Published 10/17/2006
Indu Shanmugam is a 20-something, college student from Oregon, USA. She is majoring in English literature and language. She also studied Theology for a short period. She wants to be a teacher. As a literature enthusiast, she enjoys literature of all types and from writers of various backgrounds from the classics, French realists, Christian writings like C.S Lewis and South Asian literature. As for her own writings, "I am still trying to find and develop my own voice." She sees the art of the written word as a way to speak about Christ and explore truth. Before she met Jesus Christ, she has been searching for the meaning of life through experimentation of other religions, philosophies and ideas. At the age of 17, she accepted Christ after a powerful encounter with God through a miracle. God's presence and deep truths in the Bible fuel her creativity. She is involved in church activities and has a love for the church and would like to see every believer grow, become closer to God and live fruitfully. She loves traveling, sipping bubble teas, theatre, music, films and hanging out with friends and has a weakness for cheesecake.
Reasons why internet is cool . . .
Buying cheaper textbooks. I just calculated the total cost of textbooks this semester and the total cost comes to about $350. That is when all the books are used. I going to spend the next two weeks textbook shopping. On ebay, I found a textbook with starting bid of $5. I am watching that. If I bought it from my school store it would be about $75. I am also going to sell my old textbooks over the internet. My school's textbook buyback is a rip-off. I bought a new $100 last year and when I brought it back, I only got $35 since it was an older edition. Textbooks are so incredibly expensive.
Keeping in touch with people. So, people say myspace.com is ghetto or whatever. It's what you make out of it. I love it because it helps me keep in touch with people who I know who live faraway and its easier, faster and way cheaper than the phone. Blogging is good because I can let my friends know what's going on.
Witnessing. Today, I helped lead an old co-worker to Christ through myspace.com. I know him from my last job so it is not some random weird guy. I don't talk to strangers online. Somehow the conversation came to God. I invited him to check out CBC two times and I haven't heard from him. I thought he will not come but prayed anyway. Today, I saw him come up to the altar for accepting Christ. And I ran into his page on myspace.com and he put a blog "Today, I gave my life to Jesus Christ." I guess, he forgot that anybody can see his blog online.
I saw him talking for a very long time with two guys from church. One of my friends does this which I will not do or recommend unless you are a tall, strong tough guy. He searches for agnostic people within 10 miles through myspace.com and sends them invitation to talk about God. He said some people yell and swear at him but some people are curious and talk. He's gone to coffee with some of them.
To waste time - Notice how easy it is to kill time when you are online.
More shopping - I got 2 pairs of totally cute yoga pants online and they were cheap