MEET THE MODERN FAMILY: technologically fully connected , emotionally disconnected.
Welcome to the new generation of the Badlawat family and to the hype and madness of the new technologies. As I leave today, I’d like to leave behind a few things you could think upon, I’m handsomely , round, and chubby, perhaps a little old fashioned for this new hi – fi ,wi – fi home. I’m going to miss my family to death for today I’ll be replaced just like my other friends, to mention a few – the elderly lamp-stand,( replaced with what looks like a tall ,starved English lady standing in the corner with her bonnet on fire) Mrs All India Radio,( replaced by this silvery square–ish young fella’ who belts out hundred rhythms at the same time) and Mr wooden rocking chair(with some sort of a road like walking chair (treadmill). Recently , my old friend TV had to leave, the family was in a frenzy–trying to fit the new one. The only possible place I thought for a thing of this size and shape was – the ceiling. If nothing else, it would keep them a step ahead of others in high – tech living!! And also, enable them one excuse to relax and stare TOGETHER;–For it looked like the mega – version of the very same thing (smart phones) they stare at, day and night, BY THEMSELVES with hunched – backs. Anyways they did what they’re best at – the grand family photo frame from the wall above the old TV table, was removed. In place was the Lady in black – all glossy, insanely stylish –awfully BIG flat–screen LCD TV! Yes, their ‘new’ name well suggests their impulsive ability of thoughtlessly changing treasured memories for the latest fads. Oh! I owe to introduce myself, I’m the good old khandani table – clock and have been in this home from way before they turned into Badlawats .
Not very long ago, they’d cheer over cricket matches, or savour on their favourite movies – Daadi trying hard to suppress her excitement upon the entry of her college day favourite Amitab ji, Daddu dozing off every few minutes only to wake up by the tan – ta – ran sound, those priceless moments of Mr and Mrs silently listening to their kids, endless chatter while watching Tom and Jerry.
Unfortunately, the hall which was alive with the laughter and excitement of the family, lazing around waiting to watch TV – is no more, now the TV waits to watch the family , for everyone’s busy by themselves watching Netflix or any other hopeless thing. Mrs of the household has switched to online food delivery apps, she now prefers cooking up fresh gossip on what’s app rather than food. That’s not all , Mini Mad’ame spends hours draining her brain on snap-chat and so on, while 10-year old Chintu sahib is forever engrossed commanding and demanding inanimate miss Alexa , that I fear the kids might loose their God – given ability of human reasoning.
Sad to say but my replacement, is here : His highness Mr flawlessly good – looking clock ,slender, sleek, superior – boasting of solar GPS, low – light visibility, ultra–scratch resistance, and much more : with a clock so advanced , who knows – you might wake up to find yourself having Koffee with Karan! With a heavy heart, I was imagining my left –over future amongst piles of raddi, when I felt Daadi’s loving hands placing me beside my late Daddu’s picture in her room. I remember something the kind old man always said: ‘‘new things come with fleeting glamour and attractive promises attached, but old treasures stand with a beauty unspoken a purpose unmatched’’
– Shanthi Virginia Barla
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Nice written Shanthi didi I’m Joshua
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