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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ASPHYXIATION: 2 DAYS WITHOUT THE INTERNET & A CELLPHONE

This post was written a few days ago...However, I had forgotten to put it up on blog...

"How were we even living in the early 90s?", I wondered. No internet, No cellphone & more often than not, no power as well. There was some fault in the broadband cables in my area and we were unable to access the internet since yesterday morning. To make matters worse, after 7 years of being a very responsible guy, I lost my cellphone today morning. That was it. I was asphyxiated, I was disconnected from this world. Well, it wouldn't be too unfair to say that I was temporarily dead, for a couple of days.

I was restless like never before in life. Even falling in love or breaking up with someone wouldn't make anyone THIS restless I guess! :D Well, I did succeed a little bit in whiling away time, by trying to sleep all day & night, as if I was severely jet-lagged after a 40 hour flight journey. That did work for quite sometime. But not fully.

Well, when I'm online...it is not like I chat every second with someone...or keep refreshing my FB page every millisecond...I pretty much look into them once in a while...do nothing really...and then go do something else...NOTHING WORTHWHILE, REALLY! But..but...EVEN WITHOUT THAT...I JUST COULDN'T LIVE THESE 2 DAYS!!!!! I realized...my situation's like...I'm in the ICU...and Gchat+Gmail+FB is like my supply of oxygen...and if I don't get that periodic supply...I'm DEAD!! Well, this might not be as harmful an addiction as smoking, drinking or doping...BUT THE MAGNITUDE OF THE ADDICTION IS THE SAME in all cases!!

Fine..the net didn't work...what next? music on comp...Ipod...
Like I said..in my previous post...I really don't listen too much to music these days...cos I'm more or less making my own stuff...and there are HARDLY any good songs among the new releases...So...no songs for a while...fine...

Making music?? Well, I've made 7 songs in a little over a month..:)...I wanted to give myself a small break :)...For me, taking a break from making a song, is making another song :D :D...but still, with a lack of proper recording facilities, I decided to wait it out until I get my desktop...So you guys'll be listening to my next one only in April :)..

Movie?? Naah...didn't feel like watching any movie...Nothing good in theaters...and the ones on my comp - I wasn't in the mood for them...

F.R.I.E.N.D.S ?? Well, that's reserved for meal times :)...So I didn't wanna use up episodes for other times :D :D...hehehe...

TV?? I lost interest in the idiot box ever since my time in the US...
But the other day, I ended up watching 2 LOVELY movies ...one was Siragugal (I think!! :P) - *ing Radhika Sarathkumar & Vikram...AN OH-SO-AWESOME MOVIE...:)...& after that, I saw an all-time classic - Air Force One...

Like this...because of some valid or invalid reason...I ran out of things to do...

And then...I lost my cell...Wow!! I was choked...I don't think I would be THIS impatient even if I were to see my girlfriend after a long time...
( Yes...girlfriend is indeed a nice word for publicity :P ;)...Questions about the girlfriend may be answered offline! :P :P :P) ...

These 2 days were weekdays...none of my friends would be free...for me to hang out with...Finally...the net started working ...& I got a duplicate SIM...It was only then...that my heart-beat became stabilized I guess :D

It then struck me - We are now living in the age of 2G, 3G...whatever...nG...At one point in time, there was the Ice Age...but now it is the i's-Age...where there's an i preceding almost everything...I guess the only thing missing is an iLoo..even that would come soon I guess...laptops might become extinct soon I guess...and after seeing the new video from TI...it'll soon be goodbye to touch devices...everything'll be based on gesture recognition...Wow...life is
indeed moving too fast, isn't it? :)...Technologically, physiologically (I'm balding!) & psychologically as well (no wonder people sometimes feel that things are moving too fast even when it comes to relationships :P)...But well, that's how it is...Life is indeed fast...& time is indeed running out...

I was very restless in these 2 days...BUT...1 THING I DID...WAS RECOLLECT & CHERISH EVERY SINGLE MOMENT...of my childhood...my school days - DAYS WITHOUT THE INTERNET & CELLPHONES...

Of course..going to school took up a major chunk of every single day...But after coming back from school, there was gully cricket in the evenings with everyone involved - kids, guys & uncles...until the sun set...Whom do I have over here now, to play cricket with??

Often, mum, dad & I used to watch any good movie which came on TV...Of course, there's no dad now...But I really can't recollect the last movie mum & I watched together...It's been way too long...

I used to play football with Bruno...on the terrace...There's no football now &...Bruno's too old now...

There would be long phone calls from the land line ..to Tejaswi, Nithin and others...almost everyday...EVEN AFTER SPENDING THE WHOLE DAY WITH THEM AT SCHOOL :D....I would hang up only when my mum would scream - "ENOUGH!"...We now speak on phone once in 2 weeks I guess..THANKFULLY!!! Not much of a margin!!! But still...from every single day to 2 weeks..is indeed a change...

I would play WWF trump cards/Uno/Rummy with anyone & everyone...I don't play anything these days...except my keyboard I guess :) hehe...

The hero of those days would be anyone who had a game of Dave in a floppy :)..and finished all levels...:)...People talk of PS3, PS4, Xbox..n what not!!
Sorry...I'm a TOTAL ILLITERATE in computer/video games these days...

I used to save my pocket money to buy cassettes of Tamil songs & listen to them on the stereo/walkman...these days...it's SADLY all free downloads...

I would read comics ...Tinkle, Tintin, Archie...& a magazine called Champak...I used to read so much...What do I read these days??
I'd probably read Chetan Bhagat's next book..whenever it comes out....and someday..I still hope to resume reading "Google story" :D :P...That apart,
Probably some blog posts...some FB notes...that's it...I don't even read the newspaper!!

I would talk out my thoughts to people almost everyday, where I used to meet them...These days, it is just blog post after blog post after blog post :)...

It would rain..there would be no power...People would go out & admire the rain, feel the cool breeze...and if there was flow, they would make paper boats...
These days...people curse the rain God...because it ruins all their plans...

The things which would hurt the most in childhood...were probably bad marks in a subject, or a slap from either parent...or from a teacher...That's it !!!
and they wouldn't hurt you for longer than a minute :)...But in this age, there are lot of things that can hurt one :)...professionally and more so, like in my case, personally :)...Like I've mentioned earlier, hurt caused to one personally can potentially cripple him for months, years or may be even forever...
At the slightest of opportunities I get, I still can't keep thanking God enough for having given me the strength to have breezed past all the once-upon-a-time troubles in my personal life :)...

A small scenery drawing using crayons which remotely looked like scenery...used to be highly-appreciated & made one feel like the king of the country...& if it were a water color painting...then the king of the world :)...
But in this age, sometimes, things done even with months of toiling & thought are seldom appreciated...and are forgotten IN A FLASH...
However, that isn't always true..:)..I take back half of what I said...:)...
I've been extremely fortunate & extremely lucky to have hundreds of people...who listen to every song of mine, recognize the effort put in & thankfully, encourage me too!! :) :)...Thank God for them..& thank them too :)..I LOVE YOU ALL :)..GOD BLESS..:)

I can go on & on...:)....

Lastly, Do FB & Gchat really help in CONNECTING people?? NO!!!! NOT AT ALL!!!! They're just DISCONNECTING people more & more!!

We've already reached an age where each member of the family communicates with the other through gchat, from their rooms...God bless the next generation of children...THEY WILL JUST NOT BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE...BECAUSE THEY WILL JUST NOT SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH ABSOLUTELY ANYONE...

I can only say, at this point, that I am OH-SO-HAPPY to have returned to India & can proudly reaffirm my decision anytime :)...Well, though things aren't EXACTLY the same as before...and there's not too much of a likelihood that they will...SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING !!!!...

I AM WITH MY FAMILY..:) :)....The very presence of family around makes an unbelievably incredibly remarkable difference :) :)....I really pray to God that I get ENOUGH time to spend with my family forever...

CHEERS!!!!!
Ashwin..

4 comments:

Archana said...

I loved it :)... Its nothing but nostalgia... and thanks to those two days with no net n no phone... Many ppl wud have lived so peacefully without ur repeated interference :P Just kidding dear :)

Ashwin S Kumar said...

Thank you Arch :)

U.R.Pratibha said...

Tried for one week to reduce the time comsumed to browse for Time Pass... and believe me, there is so much time to do other things now!!! :)
Mobiles r very difficult to be without, u need to be in touch with ur family/friends....

Ashwin S Kumar said...

@Pratibha - :)