| Soumya with a mobile phone at her Ranchi residence on Sunday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Fiddling with gizmos is child’s play for Ranchi’s wonder kid who started young, er, younger than most.
She skillfully saves a picnic from an army of ants in Ant Smasher on father Rupesh Sahu’s iPhone, before swiping the screen to show her birthday pictures while swaying to the latest Bollywood numbers.
Nothing surprising, except that Soumya Sahu is all of 22 months.
While others her age are busy with rattles, Soumya has learnt A is for Apple by finding her way around the menu of an iPhone. “When she was seven months old, she could use the remote for the TV as well as find songs on cellphones,” said her doting mother Vandana.
On a recent trip to Dubai, Soumya caught the attention of people who were surprised to see her accurately playing video games, said Vandana.
The young mother described her surprise when the tot while playing with cellphones figured out soon how to go to the music gallery. “To our utter surprise, she listens to her favourite songs without any help from us. And she loves chammak chalo,” the doting mother said, referring to the Shah Rukh chart-buster.
When Soumya was a year old, she could play mobile games on the iPod and had created havoc in Burnout Dominator, a racing game on the Play Station Portable (PSP).
Sounding enormously proud of his baby sister, 13-year-old Samridh said: “It’s not that we force or teach her to use the gadgets, it comes naturally to her.”
The only flipside?
Family members have to be little cautious as the tiny gizmo freak just refuses to hand over a gadget to its adult owner.
“She just starts crying,” rued Vandana.
Vandana had approached a play school for Soumya’s admission, but the school authorities denied her request.
“They felt that she was too young but I am confident about my daughter’s quick learning abilities,” she said.
But Vandana also has a worry. “I don’t want Soumya developing an eye problem with the constant use of these gadgets. I allow her to play for a few minutes only,” she said, trying to play it safe.
But there’s no stopping Soumya. She’s now done playing with handheld devices. Last week, she was seen fiddling with the desktop’s mouse.