Kisshie Kisshie and Missie Missie We belong to a tribe who have abused the "kiss" emoji in whatsapp. In the beginning, when I was bid with a "kiss" emoji by a friend I was embarrassed and before enough I was indiscriminately dispatching it to the old and new and young and old and silly and serious — all the bods out there. Earlier, I demurred on emojis. These days I rarely end a conversation without a "kiss". I was thinking, how did such a private gesture turn out a public adieu. I cannot trace the roots but it started with a friend and enfolded the rest. Today, puckered kiss has become synonymous with a wavey bye. Next came the plumpy "hug" emoji. Ditto! Today, we friends hug and cuddle each other like primates from Borneo who met their kin from Madagascar. We are unsparing in hugs. Funny to note how these intimate gestures morphed into enthusiastic symbols of affirmative fondness. No more "Hey, I care for you. I think about you. I am fond of you. Thanks for being my friend. I miss you. I don't know how to put it but you mean much to me." Smack a pictorial "hug" and "kiss" emoji which conveys all those hushed sentiments. Is it me? Of course, me, flashing all these saucy orangey orbs to my girlfriends. But, they drove me up to it. Blame them!