Nowadays this is something very tough to imagine ; living a live with no networking devices at all. But this wasn’t the case some 15 and 20 years ago (atleast here in India). Very few people had mobile phones (and those too had no or poor internet connectivity) as only rich and city people could afford that. I’m only 23 and I can say that I have witnessed a revolution! The growth I have seen in connectivity (through IT) is incredible!
I remember when I was some 5 or 6 and went to my grandma’s place (naanighar), a village in Uttar Pradesh , India with my mother while my dad was away at home. It was a long vacation. There I remember getting a letter personally written for me by my dad. GOD ! The Excitment! the letter had everything, how I had a gift (a pet fish) awaiting back at home, how the weather z cooler there and what not! I was dying to go back and see the fish but it was not possible to even imagine seeing things located far away. That was perhaps the only personal letter I ever got since thing soon begun changing. The kids today won’t understand the joy I would have gone through after getting a hand written letter specially for me.
I also remember Me and my mommy going STD booths (located some kilometers away from the naani’s (granny’s) place just for making a call back home since there was no telephone at naani’s place. Back home we used to have our own telephone connection and it was a huge thing. neighbours would often come requesting a call. And now? everybody has a personal phone with ultra advance features.
Ohh! I remember when I visited my uncle’s place , he came to me and showed me a picture of mine on his mobile and I made faces with amazment! GOD! how did my Image even get there on that phone! and then he told me that he clicked me live through his phone! Whhhat! A camera on a phone! I was left wondering for the whole day. The image quality if you compare to the phones we have nowadays was a joke but having even that 1.2 megapixel image of mine on my uncle’s cell was a magic back then! And what that phone costed was huge for that time! A junk phone (for today’s standard) with 1.2 megapixel camera costed him around 35000 rupees back in 2000s! Yeah and still it was magic. Literally a magic!
My uncle kept coming up with new phones with all the new features. I remember how I felt everytime; (when) I got to hear a ringtone and then a bollywood song for the first time via a mobile. Since our joint family was richer than the standard family back then , we had everything at our home, two or three Big colourful Tvs, Big sound system and Big cassette players , our own DVD system and everything that was in the market at that time. Neighbours and my school friends often used to come at my house and see these things with lure and amazment. How Proud I used to feel! But the mobile phones soon started taking away the charm still a very few people could afford a mobile. we still had new advance phones with special features (which my friends back than couldn’t afford) to show off. Well this showing off didn’t ran for a long time as mobiles started getting cheaper and better and now everybody started having atleast one mobile phones at there home. And this IT technology only got better with time……
Here in India we have now more than a billion mobile phones in the country. more than half of these phones have android features and have good 3G connection. Thanks to JIO’s free offers that these 3Gs have revolutionized to 4Gs. Today I might not feel as privileged (being among the very fews to have phones) but am happy to see India’s IT growing at this pace. Every body z connected and facilitated now and you don’t know how great it feels as a countrymen! And a #FunFact : It was not a long ago when I used to have a rupee 6000 micromax phone with medicore features when my friends at college had phones I could only dream of! :p
(Its not only me but the) millions of us Indians are amazed by the changes we have gone through in IT connectivity! Today we can use our phones for almost everything, be it for entertainment or for paying bills or for banking or to get connected to someone sitting far and far away! Its really huge and no revolution has been like this till today! Now when IT has developed so much nothing seems impossible to imagine!
Yet I would say that making a free and fast video call doesn’t give the same happiness as that of the letter I got in the Young age. Neither the joy of seeing a youtube video z comparable to the happiness I used to get while dancing with my cousins on songs being played through our home cassette player. Seeing Lion King on that fat TV would always be better than anything on TV now. And am NOT JOKING!