Saturday, August 27, 2011

Good old days!

About a month back, I wandered into a Hallmark store looking for a greeting card because I wanted to keep a tradition alive, and I was shocked and disturbed by the standard of cards on display in the store. I had to go to four different stores before I found one that I liked enough to pick up. I also found that I was one of the only dinosaurs walking through the greeting card aisles in these stores.

It got me thinking of how life and our expression of it has changed with the advancement of technology. Much as I love my Blackberry and worship the internet, there are a few things I miss from life before the 'great leap of technology'.
  • Greeting Cards: There was a time when I had just fallen in love that I would want to buy a card but would find three that conveyed so beautifully what I wanted to say. Ones that did not have garish red hearts with gold trimmings. Well, now there are e-cards which can sing and dance like my humble little paper cards could never, but I miss them. I miss sending them and I miss receiving them! Same is true for emails substituting postcards and letters. Its definitely not as much fun to kiss the computer screen as it is to kiss the letter your lover wrote to you.

  • Non- digital photography: Its true that digital cameras have made photographers of every one and lots more wonderful memories are being captured, but remember the time when you only got one shot at a particular pose, when you had to take your reel to a studio, wait for it to be developed and then hold the pictures in your hand and pass them around for everyone to see and make little notes on them to detailing where and when it was taken and who was in it. This is something I love so much that even today, my favourite pictures get printed and framed.

  • Phone calls on landlines: They were just called phones back call drops, no call waiting, no checking who smsed you in the middle of the call, wondering if your girlfriend's mum will answer the phone when you call, remembering all your friends phone numbers by heart...

  • Board games: Sunday afternoons meant scrabble, ludo or pictionary which slowly gave way to Super Mario, who slowly gave way to the current era of the Counter Strike. Will our grandkids not recognise a carrom board I wondered, as I watched my parents beat us hollow at a game of carrom.

  • Paper: Novels, official documents, recipe books, encyclopaedias,every thing now has an e-version. I loved reaching for the World Book on the high shelf and then leafing through it to find the pictures needed for a school project, having to cut out and keep nice recipes you found in magazines, buying beautiful diaries to pour out your heart, holding an old classic in your hand and enjoying how it smells as much as the beauty of its content.
Would love to hear if any of you have similar thoughts or any thoughts you have on the subject!!


Srinidhi said...

I know what you mean. My heart sometimes belongs in those good ol' days. So much so, as you know I still write letters :) It just says so much more. :)

I think old books smelt better. Todays books smell starchy. :P and e books dont smell. How will i bury my nose in it?

I miss the joys of going to a video store to borrow a movie over downloading it.

I miss our sessions of all those weird games we made up. Today's generation of children will be playing angrybirds or angryanna :P

amazing post. :) Love it. :)

Isha Jalnapurkar said...

I remember doing ALL of these things with you and more.....!! I miss doing them and I miss the super times we had then...:)

Prathm said...

As you were writing this post, we were playing Monopoly - we just bought. 'THE ORIGINAL' with green Monopoly money. Did you know they have ones with Credit cards now!! Sigh!

We also bought "SCRABBLE", all nostalgic about those good old days.

D0 kids play 'Hopskotch' anymore, or five stones or seven stones??

Absolutely agree with you about the postcards and greeting cards things! I try to keep it alive as much as I can!

shuuuu said...

I miss cassettes .... the rewinding , pausing listening to see if it is the right song and then rewinding it again .. I miss playing downstairs after you finished homework. :):)

Lovedd the post mitts :)

Rajesh said...

Good One, how abt a blog on Japanese language/people

D!! said...

Min: I know what you mean! and stop downloading movies ya!

Isha: Im so glad you read the post! Was a lovely era we grew up in!

Misha: Im glad about the scrabble..i absolutely love word games!!

D!! said...

Aishu! totally...i cant believe i forgot that one! i love cassettes too!! and walkmen! so amazing!!

Rajesh: Welcome to my glad you are reading! will soon do one on the japanese

Anu Krishnan said...

Absolutely. Things that every one duly misses, but fail to acknowledge. Now that's a price we for are all paying for wanting to lead 'convenient lives'- all the good old days!

D!! said...

I agree Anu! Thanks for sharing!

Kushang Moorthy said...

Nice post baby.. like others said i miss the audio tapes and going to video library as well :( i remember those days.. brings back a lot of memories.. nice ones! :) nice post D.. keep it going :) Ummaah!!!!