My Life In The 1900s!

Well.. I thought am going to be back to the blogging world with a bang and introduced a series called The 4-Line Motivation Series and then Mother Nature couldn’t take it anymore. She got so furious that she came back with a bang too and literally destroyed our city with a terribly huge cyclone and heavy rain!

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And, that’s how I went back to the 1900s! 😀

  • We didn’t have electricity for an entire week. So many trees had fallen down and many transformers were destroyed by the heavy winds and rain.
  • No water because we couldn’t run the bore-well motor.
  • No source of news/entertainment because obviously the TV didn’t work.
  • No source of communication because all networks were down.
  • Even if there was a weak signal, our phones’ batteries died.
  • No lights, fans or air-conditioning as the UPS died down after few hours.
  • We couldn’t inform our worried relatives and friends that we were safe.

Nothing with the latest technologies was functioning, it was like the darkest of times. The days were short, so there was not much sunlight and it was cold all the time. Had we had such experiences before, I think we would have handled it better. If you have read my earlier posts, you would know that I come from a place where 24°C is considered as winter! No Kidding! We hardly have winter and we always have bright sunlight all the time! 

So the cyclone was hard to handle as it was all so new for us.

It was like we were going back in time!

But it was really so much fun and awesome!

Time Travel – Here’s My Life In The 1900’s.. 😉

  • We drew water from the well manually. Yes, we did!
  • Everyone in our apartment came together to help each other! We made pulleys using ropes to pull up the water buckets to different floors in the apartment. One would draw the water, others would stand in line to pass the buckets and pull them over to various floors in the building through stairs!
  • We had to clear the blocked roads and couldn’t wait for someone else to do it for us. We took our own equipment and cleared the fallen trees by cutting them down manually and moving them off the roads.
  • Since we had no internet or TV, we all had great family time.
  • In the meantime, apart from all the physical work; I read several books! I read at least one book a day, which is nearly 400 pages a day! (Awesome right?!)
  • In order to save the candle light, we all sat in the same room all the time. We sat together for dinners and teas. We were seeing each other’s face while talking and not our phones for text messages.
  • We washed clothes and dishes sitting next to the well in the backyard (just like the olden days!)
  • We used Water like Liquid Gold!!!
  • We helped people in our neighboring apartments by sharing the water from our well. We had so much social networking going on without internet!
  • The news about the weather, power and network availability was shared from street to street through word of mouth just like the early 20th century!! 😀
  • Most importantly, we all went to bed by 8 pm! (well there’s nothing much to do in the dark, and the peace and quiet makes you sleep like a newborn puppy!)

The list is endless!

Living in the 1900’s was not so bad. In fact I was very comfortable without phone, internet and electricity. Wish we had battery-run radio just for weather updates and news. We have become so dependent on our smartphones and laptops that we didn’t even think about a blackout and emergency equipment. It was a wake up call. 🙂

Well well.. everything is back to normal now. I literally had to fight with the network service provider to fix my phone and internet connection and finally all is well!

In 2015 December, we were struck by heavy floods and 2016 December we faced a terrible cyclone. Hope 2017 would be calmer and peaceful.

Wish you all a wonderful New Year’s Eve.

~Yuvathi ❀ 🙂

–The Confused Young Adult

 

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Would “Writing” Become Extinct In The Near Future?

Many forms of art have become extinct due to their non-relevance to the latest technologies and trending generations. This afternoon, as I sat down with my pencil and notebook to jot down my random thoughts;  I reminisced my initial days as a student learning to write with the pencil.

The struggle to hold that lovely shiny sharp pencil on the notebook with the tiny little fingers and the taste of the triumphant moment after writing the first letter A impeccably right above the line! I also remembered how I used to look at all the older kids buying their beautiful and elegant fountain pens and the ink bottles. They learned cursive writing and used their mighty pens to show off their ability to write so effortlessly. I remember watching them with awe! The ink would flow so smoothly creating a complete piece of art on their notebooks! The day I stepped into class 3, all I had in my mind was the new fountain pen in my school bag and the umpteen butterflies in my head – thinking about the joy of learning to do something so adorable! As I sat, so lost in thoughts, the wind blew through the window and snapped at me; made me look at all the papers scattered in my room.

Would "Writing" Become Extinct In The Near Future?

Yes, back to the real world.

So, how much does the current generation use “writing”? I don’t mean to rant, but seriously! Almost every 2 year old has a smart phone and knows to play video games! Every little kid knows to type on the touch screen better than writing neatly on a piece of paper.

Writing is not just an art but also the best exercise to develop a child’s motor skills, creativity and make maximum use of the brain’s activity!

The current generation take notes in their digital notebooks, create their To-Do lists in their smart phones, and print them. Assignments, Drawings, Documents, Engineering Diagrams, Classroom trainings, everything is digital! Most of the work is done on the computer and I began to analyse what are the industries that require “actual writing”? Banks, Medicine, Stocks, Accounts, Education, Engineering, Publishing, Teaching, Event Management, Design, every single industry seemed irrelevant! I could come up with almost nothing as all major occupations that I know are digitalised.

Now, that makes me wonder…

Would “Writing” Become Extinct In The Near Future?

Although it would mean greater developments in the field of science and technology, education, occupation and employment generation, somewhere in the corner of my heart I feel sad that the upcoming generations would not have the opportunity to enjoy these little joys of life just like how they miss playing outdoors and making real friends instead of playing video games with their virtual friends online.

What do you think? Do you think “writing” with hands would become extinct in the near future?

Feel free to drop your opinions in the comment section below!

~ Yuvathi ❀ 🙂

– The Confused Young Adult

Doubt : The Killer Of Joy Or The Birth Of Freedom and Knowledge?

April A-Z Blogging – Day 4 : ‘D’

During my schooldays, after very lecture, our teacher would wait for us to ask her questions, some doubt regarding the concepts that were taught. Doubts meant “you understood something”. Funny, but true. Children with lots of doubts were considered intelligent and inquisitive to learn. You should have a million doubts so that you will learn a million new things!

Interesting! isn’t it? But for how long does it remain true?

Doubt : The Killer Of Joy Or The Birth Of Freedom and Knowledge?
Doubt : The Killer Of Joy Or The Birth Of Freedom and Knowledge?

Every nice word and aspect of life starts to show it’s ugly side as we grow up. When we are young we learn to make friends, as we grow we learn to understand enemies and frenemies. The words fun, happiness and peace diminish to show their ugly twins.

So does “doubt”. The very basic thought that helped us understand things in the universe and beyond the universe, make us to doubt some of the most beautiful of aspects of life too. It slowly starts to break down the tiny little blocks of faith and trust with which we built our castle called life, destroying every little space we had left for ventilation only to suffocate ourselves.

Doubts are good as long as they give a productive result. But….

When was the last time you doubted your friend?

When was the last time you doubted your love?

When was the last time you doubted yourself?

The sense of doubt is like walking on a tight rope. The more you doubt, the rope gets higher and weaker. When you think you could no longer believe in yourself/someone, the rope breaks only to drop you hard from the great heights.

Sometimes I feel so lost and directionless. I feel like a loser. I doubt my ability to achieve. I wonder if I’ll ever make it. But every single time, when this terrible thought knocks my head, I shake it back by reminding myself about the fact that “I’m born for a reason, and I’m going to make it.”

So, the next time when you are in doubt, ask yourself, “Do I really have to suffocate myself or should I take a leap of faith?”

After all life is all about making the best of now for dreaming a better future! 🙂

~ Yuvathi ❀ 🙂

– The Confused Young Adult

The Unused Mailbox

Remember the good old days when we used to “write letters” and mail them to our loved ones? It is one of my fondest memories that I always cherish. I started writing letters when I was 5! Yes, I used to draw pictures and write a few words that I learnt in school and send them to my cousin who’s also my age! Only we could understand our tiny tot-language. 😀

I remember writing letters to my friends describing my new life in the city.  To my grandparents, I would write letters conveying my love and respect. Every evening, after school I would run and check the mailbox with great anticipation. Every new mail carried some special news and there was always so much to write. 🙂

Relationships were so precious. Every word written in a letter was treasured forever. I still have those beautiful mails in my ‘secret treasure chest’. They are priceless! 🙂

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What about relationships and communication today?

You don’t have to write a letter and wait for days with anticipation. You don’t have to worry if the mail had reached the right person. Our modern day messengers and chat boxes give us instant updates. You even know when the message is sent, received and read..!

You also get to know the amount of importance given to your messages by knowing the time taken by the recipient to respond! You can also know if you are being ignored. Well, I guess that’s the best way you can insult a person in the internet era! :-/

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People text every moment of each day and stay updated about their loved one’s activities, starting from waking up, brushing their teeth to having supper and going to bed! Meh.. O_o

I agree with the fact that now we are able to see people living 1000 miles apart through video conference and stay in touch and contact each other whenever we want. But the words written had more personal touch than the ones typed or texted.

Nowadays we see so many break ups in different relationships and many loved ones torn apart. Most relationships are ended with a blunt and emotionless text message or over a 5 minutes’ phone call. Distance is not a big issue anymore. Virtually, everybody is in contact with their loved ones throughout the day, across the borders and seas, but in reality, they are not.

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The precious words are no longer treasured in the hearts, instead they are saved in a memory stick.

People tend to live in a virtual world and their love, friendship and identity is defined by a “profile” and it doesn’t matter if you are friends in person; if you are not “virtually friends”,  then you are not friends in reality as well.

I’m afraid that the intimacy is deteriorating day by day and the children of the upcoming generation would hardly know what loving, bonding and missing loved ones actually mean.

Technology has brought the distant ones closer and the close ones apart.

The mail boxes are hardly checked.. The loved ones are hardly missed..

Sad, bitter, but True.

Fast, Faster & the Fastest : The New Era

For a world obsessed with high data rates, fast beats, speedy vehicles, fast foods, quick returns, faster growth,.. everything is insufficient and unsatisfactory. People of this generation expect everything to be highly efficient and less time consuming.

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From music to movies, everything has to match the pace of people’s current crazy lifestyle. Genetically engineered high yielding crops and hybrid animals are introduced and nurtured to yield larger produce in less than half the required time for them to mature. Children are expected to learn too many things too quickly else they are branded as “low IQ” “dumb” “slow” etc. Even a snail is expected to fly. :-/

Nowadays, politeness and courteousness are a luxury.

Nobody has the time to help a person on the road to locate an address, nobody is rich enough in time to wish a neighbor a good day. Food is no longer meant for health, thanks to the introduction of packed foods, junk food and fast food. People expect quicker replies to mails and texts; if you take more than 2 minutes to respond, you are out of the social circle. :-/

Even blogs are expected to be not more than 300 words. If an article has more than 2 paragraphs, the reader gets bored.

People find a good 3 hour movie, so long and boring; they expect them to be not more than 1.5 hours. They lack patience to watch the characters mature and unravel the story slowly; it has to be quick –

Hero (common man) meets heroine (detective), supporting actor (another detective) is murdered, heroine is abducted, hero finds a clue, destroys the villain and rescues heroine, they fall in love.

THE END.

How can art, literature and depiction of life and creativity be quick? It shows that man’s greed has no end. Technology is growing and everything is updated and developed at a faster rate than stated by Moore’s law. 😛

Result? More work pressure, More mental stress. Greater health issues. Lesser longevity. Troubled children. Broken families. Huge failures. Greater death rates. 😼

When I analyze and try to understand the different perceptions and ideologies, I really wonder how I belong to this generation?! How do I fit in? I am a person who took the adage “slow and steady wins the race” quite seriously since kindergarten. I take time to read classics, listen to melodies and cook an elaborate dish. I prefer riding a bicycle over cars and write down everything in my journal rather than typing it in smart notes with word predictions and auto-corrections. 😀

A handmade greeting with a love note is always more special and romantic than a machine generated default e-card with a customized message space. Isn’t it? Or am I the only one who feels so? Oh.. I wonder.. !

Sometimes I feel like I’m a Tortoise in the Cheetah world O_o

Being a tortoise has never bothered me though..because I have a more peaceful and simple life. I have time to take a break, appreciate nature and good literature. I have space for better quality of work and spend precious time with my loved ones. Most importantly, I have time to think.

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This fast paced world seems to have forgotten the mere fact that each day can only be 24 hours, every human baby needs 9 months to grow fully and be born, every piece of coal needs years to turn into a diamond and it takes an entire life to love. Opinions may differ, lifestyles may vary.. but..

No matter how hard you try you can never change the rules of the universe and the laws of nature.

All we have is right now. So take your time as there is never a second chance to savor this moment. 🙂