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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Leap in Future


I just turned four last Sunday! It was such a fabulous feeling to have come into this world at a time when there is so much happening! Just turn your head around, no matter where you are, and you will know what I mean! Lift your head up towards the sky, and you will invariable, see a plume of jet with a huge aircraft, heading across the continent. Some satellite just making a pass to survey the earth. Far in the galaxy yet another, rocket heading towards Mercury, in quest of the frontiers, hitherto considered stuff of which only dreams are made.

 I just hazily remember when I was still in the womb of my mother, Nisha. She would spend hours poring over her laptop, reading about how to take care of oneself, during months of pregnancy so that I am born as a healthy baby. She would occasionally, watch some movies and recite poetry when writing her diary in times when it was not possible to indulge in much physical activities. One day, when my father, Rohan, who traveled frequently, was away in a foreign destination, I decided to step into the world and immediately, mom was shifted to a nursing home. Amidst, the entire din, I recollect, Nana (my mom’s father) called up dad informing him of the urgency. He had earlier requested the doctor when mom went for a ‘checkup’ to allow him to be in the ‘labor room’ as he was keen to see me being born. On receiving the call he immediately connected up his laptop to the hospital site for the live video feed from the labor room and was thrilled beyond words when the nurse held me in her arms to show my little face to him. I am told that a few years back when the technology was not so advanced, such news could travel only by way of a ‘long distance call’ or a ‘telegram’ which has now become a history!

Daddy uses his smartphone for almost everything from work in office, to catching up news, following the soccer and cricket matches. When he is commuting, he listens to the favorite music and makes business calls. At home things are no different, as mom, keeps sharing jokes with her friends on mobile applications, watching favorite TV shows in the afternoon, and reading about new recipes to try in the kitchen. Sometimes, when I feel cranky, she lets me play with her smartphone, and tunes in a funny cartoon show. She also tries hard to teach me numbers, alphabet, colors, shapes and many other things. What better toy could I ask for?  I also love to watch the stories from mythology and rhymes. I like the touch of the screen but mom does not allow me to watch the screen for long time as she says that it will hurt my eyes! Of course with the rapid strides in technology many of the fears of past can now be laid to rest.

 Sometimes, it is  funny to see mom and dad in the house  at night, both bent over their smartphone and tablet engaged in chats with friends or doing their own work while I hold the ‘toy tablet’ in hand making all kinds of noises craving for their attention! 

The new  ASUS Zenphone 6 which has just hit the market has some great features which would be an ideal gift for my fifth birthday, like scratch proof  strong Corning glass surface, better resolution for pictures( 13 Megapixel camera!),long talk time 28h! So even when I play with it , I am safe and also the device can withstand wear and tear due frequent fall from my nimble hands!The multi touch screen will help in exploring the new icons and will help in improving my learning skills! I now wait my turn to possess an ASUS Zenfone6 and explore this fascinating world!

PS- This is the imaginary story of a four year old as he sees the world which is rapidly changing our lives with foray of smartphones in our daily lives.

1. Picture kind courtesy Google

2. Submitted for ‘In Search of Incredible’ contest sponsored by Asus India and Indiblogger http://www.asus.com/campaign/zenfone/IN/

38 comments:

  1. I feel these are the thoughts of my future kid. ;)

    I swear we have become so much addicted to these smart phones. Sometimes I and my hubby goes to a restaurant to spend some 'WE' time and even there we end up fiddling with own smart phones rather then talking to each other.

    Technology a curse or boon??? Very difficult to answer :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Sonia and am delighted that you could relate this post both with your present and anticipated future:)

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  2. Its amazing how advanced little kids are today, they seem to know more about technology than their parents and grandparents. Very unique and interesting topic of choice.

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    1. Thank you Sam! Undoubtedly the children of present day are way too smart!

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  3. Reciting poetry... hehehe. I think I will be boring my kids like that.

    Sir, you are setting expectations very high for kids of present generation but with features like that of ZenFone, I think anyone would be tempted to buy it.

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    1. Ha ha Saru! I won't be surprised if your progeny will recite poetry and work on new software code much earlier than you and Alok:)

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  4. With technology up gradation and explosion of connectivity ,I won't be surprised if kids catch up faster than we could ever imagine

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    1. We are already witnessing that trend already, Mr Chowla:)

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  5. kids are definitely going the wayyyyyyyyyyy ... sometimes I find hard to know and my niece or nephew just say of Mama do this and that .. :)

    Bikram's

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    1. So you are already realised that this is the hard truth that cannot be wished away, Bikram :)

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  6. Today, kids know how to use a smart phone the moment they can hold something in their hands. I feel they crawl after they learn how to use tablets and smart phones.

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    1. Absolutely true Rachna! Could not agree more

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  7. Lovely narration by a smart kid! Kids have so much of exposure, don't know if it is good or bad.

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  8. This is a reality of the changing times, Padmaja whether we like it or not:)

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  9. Good one!! Best wishes for the contest!

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  10. If your 5 year old gets a phone on his 5th birthday, I'll sit in a dharna in front of his house and shout slogans against his parents :D

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    1. I know what you mean Purba! But do'nt be surprised if you see this happening around you in near future:)

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  11. I echo Purba! Your post reminds me of a recent ad where the just born baby is completely gadget ready. Good luck for the contest!

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    1. Ha ha... nice ! Thanks a lot, Rachna!

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  12. This is so relevant to the present day gadget-obsessed generation. Sometimes it eats into our time even without us realizing it. I got my phone when I was in college and somehow feel that school is too young an age to get a phone.

    Good luck with the contest :-)

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    1. The obsession for gadgets is now almost unbelievable for those who can afford them, Ashwini! Times are changing and now one can see so any school kids flaunting the mobiles!

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  13. The world is heading that way indeed ! Good luck for the contest :)

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    1. Good to see you back Jaishree and thanks for reading and your best wishes!

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  14. :D

    Don't tell my little one -- oh wait, he's not the littlest one any more :D -- about this. :D
    I'm sure he's already waiting for his 13th birthday; you know for what ;)

    All the best for the contest. :)

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    1. Delighted to see you back Divya with such a nice comment:) So you should be ready to fulfill more such desires from not only the one turning 13 but one still crawling:) Thanks a lot, for reading!

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  15. Rahulji, very right observations.
    These days the kids are so smart & handle smartphones better than their parents!
    Best wishes for the contest :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Anita and a huge thanks for following my blog! You made my day:)

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  16. Being four was a lot of fun :-)

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  17. How true! Life with gadgets is an everyday thing for us but we seldom pause to think how it must be for the little kids around us. This is how it is!

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    1. The world for the new generations is changing even faster than what we witnessed, Arti!

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  18. Loved reading your viewpoint on my last point... Have a Fabulous Weekend!

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    1. Thank you ! Wishing you a nice weekend and a great week ahead!

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  19. Young generation are responsive to new technology gadgets quickly though I am Galapagos-mode( I carry the old gadgets because I'm poor at technology). How much does technology develop during I am living,I wonder.
    Have a nice week!

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  20. Kids are born later smartphones are in their laps soon! :) All the best for the contest :)

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    1. A big thanks for reading and also following my blog, Saurabh! I am honored:)

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