A funny and touching account of someone taking pride in ownership even to the annoyance of their companions. 

I was tired but found it difficult to sleep.  Abdul Haq left his transistor radio on all night.  All he got was a loud static hiss, but it showed everyone that he owned a radio. 

If this sounds naive, think of the similar pride people now feel in owning i-this or that or similar, shouting requests into their i-assistants’ ears and, incidentally, ours.   We haven’t evolved much. 

Source: Rory Stewart, The Places in Between (London: Picador, 2014), p. 52

Photo credit: makamuki0 at pixabay

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