Digital Detox

Smart phones, computer, internet, we are thronged by these in our day to day life, so much so we can’t imagine life without them.  I still can’t believe that once we were without any of these so called digital inventions.  Life was far simpler then.  We would talk to people more, and not virtually , but actually.  There was no constant obsession of knowing what everyone are doing all the time.  A lot less comparison with peers.  Now its like , “Oh wow, he\she keeps going to so many places” which actually means, how I wish I could do that too.  Due to this virtual competition, there is never content in our lives anymore.  We are all competing in the rat race and no one wins.  Wasn’t life without these gadgets simpler? Nowadays even when group of kids meet, all of them are into watching some videos or playing video games.  They have no time for any physical activity, they are mentally so drained, that they seem tired all the time.  Now its actually necessary to push kids to go out and play.  During our childhood we would hardly been seen at home.  Parents had to drag us home, to even eat.  If you are a kid of 80’s -90’s you would understand.

I am really thinking of not using smartphone, computer and ipad for a week.  Well not completely though.  Since I work in IT, I need to use computer day in and day out.  Its my livelihood.  But other than work, I will refrain from using computer for logging into social networks, personal mails or even general reading on internet.  I sure can do it.  If I get bored, I will read a book or colour or go and talk to people.  First couple of decades I was without this technology invasion, can’t I sustain for only one week? What do you think? Will I be able to? Or will I give in to the temptation?  Fingers crossed.  Will give an update next Monday on how this week went.  Till then bye byeimages

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WRiting – a new beginning

author-writing-writerYeah.. I have officially given up writing everyday. It was very ambitious of me to begin with. I mysteriously always had some excuses, sometimes work or sometimes no thoughts or etc etc etc. This only proves that I cannot write everyday. Now that I am clear on this writing business, I do owe to myself to write when I have something to write about. Either meaningful or meaningless, either though provoking or just simply funny. I will write my thoughts so as to preserve the memories, so when I look back after few years, I will be able to relive the day, the moment, the memory, dreams and imagination.
I have lately become fan of Twinkle Khanna. Her attitude mostly. She is a strong personality and speaks her mind. I need to get my hands on her first book “Mrs Funnybones” soon. Yesterday I was reading an interview of Twinkle Khanna on writing tips. She mentions write 1000 words everday. Remove the 800 meaningless ones, after you review. Another interesting point she said is maintain your individuality as that flows into your writing giving you a distinctive voice. Well adjusted people are plain boring. I am scared I fall into this category. I have never been a good story teller. Not sure if this is can be cultivated. I sure need to try, don’t I? No matter, what anyone says, I will try my hand and try to write memories in best possible way I know 🙂

Languages – 035

Today I saw a very cute Hindi short film, Khamakha.  Its a nice little story of 2 characters meeting on a bus.  The protagonist in the film knows about 10 different languages.  True, that this is a fictional story, but I am sure there are people who knows many languages.  Like UN language interpreter, mentioned in the film.  Protagonist also mentions her teacher saying, that you should force mind to thinking in different languages. Interesting thought.  Usually thoughts are always weaved in one particular language, or in some cases 2. You think in that language, you converse to yourself in that language.  She says, that some emotions can be expressed the best in particular language only. Like “Hiraeth” in Welsh, roughly translated as “Longing for a home that doesn’t exist”.  Beautiful word with beautiful meaning. I am sure each language has its own beautiful words, has different styles of speaking, different voice modulations required.  Each language with it carries a lot of history, centuries of moulding to become what it is now.  I personally know 4 languages to speak.  English, for me is more of a formal language.  I find regional languages more personal.  Mostly because, I have grown up talking in regional languages with friends and family.  Though English is absolute necessity nowadays, I am glad I know couple of other languages too.  Sometimes I do wish to learn other languages, but never acted on it though.

Technology & Kids -034

Kids these days are not born with silver spoon in their mouth, instead they are born with smart phones in their hands 😀 Even a toddler is well-versed with how to go to you-tube, watch rhymes which they want.  It is so different from the time we were kids.  Without TV or phones, its just impossible to distract them.  To make them eat TV, to make them sit in car seat : Phone.  What’s happening to the world? I often wondered how our parents used to feed us, take us around without the help of technology.  Wasn’t our childhood better? We were always playing outdoors, having fun, with friends, without any worries.  When I see kids at restaurants, glued to smart phones and not interacting with anyone, I feel sad.  I am afraid, my daughter is heading that way too.  I want to stop it at all cost.  I do not know how to do it though.  I sometimes wish, she was born when times were like our childhood.

Bartender – 033

Few years back, I had been to Hampi. Heritage city in Karnataka. I had an amazing time. In Hampi, I got an opportunity to use almost all kinds of transport. I reached the Hubli in Train, from there took a bus to Hampi. To reach our stay, we had to cross small stretch of the river. A small boat was used to ferry people across. In one such travel, there was a young lady also seated on the boat. She was deep in discussion with another passenger. She was actually talking about her life.  I couldn’t help but over hear her conversation as the boat was too small.

She was a bartender earlier. She saved up some money till she was 23- 24. Then she quit the job and started travelling around the world. She had traveled south east asia, now she was visiting India. Within India also she had traveled many places. I was completely unaware of the solo travel then. This was my first encounter. I was amazed, by how such a young lady take such decisions in life. It might have been quite common around her. In India, at-least where I grew up, I had never heard anything like this. It was always few days of holidays to relax at the most. I had heard of hippies in Goa, but I had a different picture of them. This girl actually made me realize that such things exist and its fun and its self learning tour.

Few strangers have amazing effect on us.  In this case, I didn’t even talk to her directly.  I don’t remember how she looked like. But I do remember what she spoke today,  even after years.  You never know, how you will influence others knowingly or unknowingly in your life.

Solo Trip – 031

Today for the first time I ate out. No no, not that I don’t eat out. This is my first time eating out alone. Another new experience. I didn’t feel as awkward, as I felt I would. It was actually kind of nice. I am a nice company to spend time with.. LOL 😀 Yeah, once in a while I should do that, just go out alone and eat. I do want to do solo trip sometime, but that brings along lot of complications. Lot of planning and convincing to do. At present condition, it looks like its going to take a while before I can attempt a solo trip.

Solo trip, I have heard so much about it, and read so much. More than fun, its an attempt to discover who you really are. In day to day activities, there are so many external influences, in which you tend to get lost. Year after year these keeps on piling up. The real you is somewhere buried. So take the external influences out of the equation. You are bound to find the true you, isn’t it? On one hand, this completely makes sense and on another hand, I feel, aren’t we all made of the experiences around us, or rather influences around us. I am not sure, whats right, or may be there is no right or wrong. Its just about perspective.

Morning Pages – 030

I am going at 1 blog per week rate.  Not what I envisioned when I started this.  From this week planning to get back to track and write every day.  Fingers crossed, lets see how it goes.

Morning Pages, an interesting concept I came across. Just write 3 full pages in a book everyday, preferably as soon as you get up.  Anything, from to do list, to weather, whatever comes to your mind, just fill up 3 pages.  As you continue, it helps to give you clarity of thought and also helps in unloading and freeing your mind.  I am intrigued to try it.  Another important note is to make sure no one reads it ever, not even yourself for at-least few months.  We will not be honest if that is the case.  Interesting huh? Just by writing everyday, you break your personal barriers, clear your thoughts, be happier.  What’s not to try.