THE INTERNET GENERATION

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We, the millennials, have managed to carve out a distinguished generation for ourselves, which some and most of them call “The Internet Generation”.

We,

are the INTERNET Generation!!

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The creation of this internet generation can be accredited with three inventions:- smartphones, loneliness and most importantly, the Internet. I am sure, everyone else of me would also accredit Reliance Jio for making it happen. Hahaha… And he, who does not know about the internet yet, would most probably be the softest target to criticize upon. Why I mentioned these three inventions, will be explained in what can be called a “Bottoms Up..”

We are a generation that has taught our parents that there are things which can be concentrated upon the whole day i.e. the phone screen, there are things which can be looked upon to spread smile across our face without the other person even moving his/her lips i.e. the phone screen and that there also exists some interfaces which can make two people fall and escape into a long-distance relationship i.e. the phone screen. Our parents literally did not knew any of them.

The big reason for this is, in their generation, parents used to spend their valuable time with their child so loving and they themselves, being so caring. But in today’s advanced world, you see, there is absolute dearth of it with the grandparent’s soberness and aaya’s babysitting techniques replacing that vulnerable love and care. That soberness and harsh techniques has indeed created a void so huge in our hearts that we continuously need that

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of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , Whatsapp accounts, just to console ourselves with the words,

“We are not alone, there are others who are alone too. They too are starving for attention, likes, comments and shares.”

Here comes the “Internet” to the rescue, to save us from a boring day. Along with Internet, comes its siblings – the NETWORK and the Apps. With the elder brother “Internet”, we find the most apt. app for posting, sharing, tweeting, dating and that all, just for the sake of re-inventing ourselves but actually, just to “un-invent”.

The whole process of so called “re-invention” is so amazing, cheerful and heart-warming that we actually don’t realize beauty of the moments that we miss and when the whole process of re-invention abruptly comes to an end & the society shows us the “mirror of reality” without any special effects (your new phone screen), there comes a heartbreak.

That heartbreak comes with an addiction, the addiction to continuously tap the unlock button of our expensive phones to see,

“Whether we have any unread notifications to see, which might have come from our “loved” ones.”

Soon, the whole internet thing acts like a perfume, which as per our belief, attract others towards our charming and loving personality, but in reality, if used in excess, distances us from the person standing right in front of us.

We,

are the INTERNET Generation!!

Cheers…

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YOU ARE AS SPECIAL AS “YOU” THINK YOU ARE

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Waking up today morning (Sunday) was a pleasure with no objectives as there was no rushing to take bath, cook food and go to my beloved workplace (PwC). For an instinct I thought today was not a special day, in terms of meeting new personalities and sharing their ideologies.

While drowsing with this thought in my head, suddenly television struck chord with movie “Kung Fu Panda” on Star Movies. In the scene I witnessed, our gullible Panda was handed the most prestigious and special “dragon scroll” but blank. After reading the ‘blank’ scroll, when Panda felt heartbroken, he was encouraged by his father-Swan saying, “There is no thing like SPECIAL. You are as much special to others  as you think you are”. The confidence-boost Panda got from this magnificent advice is what we all know.

In this 6 billion strong world, one needs to be “special” to hold on to his/her position. But what I feel is it is even more important to “think” and “remember” that we are special. In today’s times, we try to match ourselves to strengths of others, instead of focusing on our own strengths that makes our own-self special.

The reality remains that if one lets go off his/her speciality, he/she will not survive in this tumultuous world. Just cling onto your capabilities while trying to improve it for better. Believing in ourselves is not called egotism but having no faith in ourselves is called abandoning yourself.

For this, the first thing we can do is to re-think of our relationship with those who, under the garb of “guidance” lowers our confidence and self-belief and to join those “ones” who accept us as we are and then guide us to help reach our full potential. After this, there is nothing special that we all cannot do. 🙂

THE MOST AWKWARD MOMENT I KNOW AT A NEW STUDY BATCH

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Arriving in a new study batch in college/tuitions/workshop makes us come across several new faces and personalities. Who knows one of those “new faces” someday might become our best friend, best well-wisher, biggest competitor or maybe, our soul mate.

I am writing this blog to describe an “awkward moment”, which I personally feel caught in, on entering into a new study batch. That one “moment” is of a nature that makes a person behave like a fake in front of others, though unintentionally. Our mind keeps running (furiously) but still, we are not able to get out of that ‘tricky’ situation. It keeps us a bit disturbed for a while. So, what is that “moment”? Any guesses?

(The suspense ends now)

Handshaking a person you now (by face) but do not know his/her name, sharing info over subjects of vast magnitude with such person but still not reminding his/her name. Such instances make me doubt my memory power. Sometimes, a sense of shame feeling also drowns in me and this is more the case, when the other person knows you very well and hugs you warmly and most importantly, speaks out your name and in my turn, I can just say a three-little word “Hey” and then, I start feeling like being OUT for a duck in a cricket match. The case would have been separate had we not remembered that other person at all. But just not remembering the name, that’s nasty. William Shakespeare left the world saying that, “What’s in the name?” But perhaps, he would not have thought of the consequences which one will have to suffer on calling the other person by a wrong name.

The same personally happened to me when I joined Advanced IT Training batch at ICAI (part of CA curriculum). In one of such encounters, I met one of my old Sikh friend whom I first met during a tution some 2 years ago, who waived “Hi” to me from a far-off door. I immediately recognised that old friend but to my surprise, only by face. I kept clicking my brain, but the name of that friend did not published on the result-screen of my brain. Suddenly, a thought arised, “Whether I really ate badams all these years?” Then, I remembered Geet’s (Kareena Kapoor) dialogue from the movie “JAB WE MET” that “All the Sardars have a same face”. I somehow, overpowered that thought and started thinking his name again. I even shook two batch-mates sitting beside me to question whether they remember his name. And to my satisfaction, they didn’t. I was a bit relieved.

The next mission was to devise a trick to unravel the name of that “name-less known friend”.

The trick I choose was “going up front, asking him about life and afterwards saying ‘Yaar, I have lost your mobile number’. After getting the number, asking him/her about his/her ‘full name please’. That way, the other person ‘might’ think that you were just confirming his/her surname but meanwhile, you would be done with your mission. Once the task is over, assign a “synapse of your brain” for remembering that dear friend’s name.”

We, the people of a professional community, understand the importance of the “name”. (naam hai toh jaahan hai) So, keep socializing, establish your name and remember other’s too, especially mine. 🙂