Jun 8, 2010

A thought which has been visiting me now and then since few days is what would happen to the world without  Technology?
During my early days in Sixties, daily life was like this. Get up at 0530 hours, attend Mass at 0630 hours, back to house at 0730 hours, morning food at 0800 hours ( no, we did not call it Break Fast then) go to school / college by 0845 hours, come back around 1300 hours for lunch, back to school at 1400 hours,  back from school around 1700 hours,  play with friends for around one hour after having coffee, bath, studies for one hour, night prayers at 2000 hours, food at 2030 hours further studies until 2130 hours and go to sleep. Ditto next day. Only exception was Sunday. We had to go for church classes at 1500 hours followed by Mass.
There was no TV, at times we used to listen to Binaca Geet Maala, once a week through neighbours radio ( thanks to the technological invention of that time), once  a year school picnic and that’s about it. That was our life. I remember going to Bajpe airport from Puttur to see airplane (one landing everyday). I was dressed my best, that day, but after waiting for four hours patiently, we were told, no landing that day. I could only see a picture of airplane and return. What a disappointment?
Back to the main topic, what would be our life with our present day technology. Imagine just for a second can we survive without having mobiles, live TV, chat, reading Daiji, travel by bus, car, train, plane and internet among others. Ask my wife, we have shifted to a new house which is having all comforts but no internet, not as yet, and she says, she does not want anything in life including Gold (yes – GOLD) but she wants internet and for that she is ready to skip even lunch).
We  have become zombies with the advancement and comforts, that technology has brought to our life. With in ten hours, we can reach from point A to B anywhere in the world. We have conquered the moon, sun and the stars. Control of ocean is within tip of our fingers. Earth is already under our control with 828 metre massive construction of Burj Khalifa building in Dubai and others talking of even bigger buildings. There is nothing impossible. With massive equipment in hand, human is capable of doing anything. Even Mount Everest is conquered by 13-16 years of age. 
With all the medical advancement, doctors are capable of prolonging life by days, weeks and years, but can they avoid death. We can  build best of ships like Titanic, but what happened, we have taken the precautions to have safety in our trains but people die every day, Boeing manufactures bring out best of aircrafts and Air India uses best of staffs to man them with civil aviation claiming to have built one of the best runways in Mangalore and still we lose 158 precious human life with in a minute.
What a price to pay, for having technology.
In the scenario that I have explained in the first paragraph, during my life as a child,  people still died, but we did not know then it is due to brain Hemorrhage or some other complicated illness. If he/ she has died,  mostly it is heart attack if it was sudden death  or may be due to old age etc. There were very few accidents then. In fact I remember only one in 16 years of my early life. I was happy to have one landline say in a house two stones away, happy to listen to Binaca once a week, and yes I remember listening to Konkani songs from Goa station every Sunday evening again through neighbours Radio.  What a joy, what a peace of mind,  what a pleasurable days then. Thanks to technology now I know that I might die of ill-effects due to High Colostral, Hypertension and Diabetes. I know now that with out internet my wife is having no purpose in life.
We all agree, Technology is very important in our life. But even more important is Grace of Bhagvan, God,  Allah for no technology will help us, if it is destined otherwise by our creator. 

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by Vivian Castelino, Abu Dhabi
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Comment on this article

  • Joyce, Kuwait

    Sun, Jun 13 2010


  • John Tauro, Mangalore / Kuwait

    Sat, Jun 12 2010

    Indeed a mind refreshing artice. It refreshed the memories of those peaceful golden days when I too was an ardent listener of Binaca Geetmala with Amin Sayani, AIR Panjim and Vivid Bharati,news bulletins and especially a few gospel programmes over Radio Ceylon which greatly helped me build up and strengthen my faith that now helps me to lead my daiy life.

  • felcy pinto, Mallikatta/Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 12 2010

    I have read all your articles.All aticles are good.Specially this article is well written. I do miss those old days. I too agree with Nancy's opinion. Keep writing n God Bless!

  • CGS, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Olden days were golden days,Vivian!That's why our great Konkani singing legend late Wilfy
    Rebimbus sang:"Bhurgeaponnalea Sukha...!" By the way Vivian,I still remember
    that you used write for Mithr,Konkani weekly in early seventies and your pen name was
    "Fatness Puttur" Funniest part was that the Editor Austin D'Souza Prabhu himself was "Weakness Nanthur"!!

  • Sayad, Shirva / Kuwait

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Nice article... Good Work

  • Leslie Fernandes, Bombay / Manglore

    Wed, Jun 09 2010

    Ya Indeed the olden days were so Gracious,i still remember the Love between Families / Brothers Sisters, There was time for relaxation. & everything was so cheap say 1 paisa was also valuable. & climbing trees, running around was our games, Wish God brings back the Golden days of life.

  • Jessie dsouza, Mangalore/Japan

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Nice article. very well written. I do miss those old days, wish my children could experience those beautiful days...

  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Technology today is too good. I hope it keeps improving and we will have betteter techlogies coming up. I wish everyone in the world make good use of it.

  • Nancy, Belman

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Nice.... Technology build the gap between families, parents-children. Children have no time to talk with parents becasue they busy in chatting with friends. No time to help parents..

    I had gone to 5 days tour to Kanyakumari in 10th Std. That time my parents not worried - what will happen in 5 days. But now for one day picnic parents give mobile to children to know where they are and how they are!!!! what a change in life.... For evening paryer 15 minutes children dont have time, they miss thier programme...

    But thanks to Technology...through which so many people get help (ex: Daijiworld through their kind gesture publish needy people request here)

    So in nutsheel-in everything there is merits and demerits. It is upto us how to use and not to use...

    At last Nice Article to get back all the old memories....of childhood.

  • v.m.mascarenhas, puttur/muscat

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Very good article, indeed true. At present we have everything but true happiness is not there unlike olden times. Most of the time we say 'old is gold'. in those days of village life, paddy fields, home grown vegetables, fruits, playing with traditional games, fixing at backyard stream, etc, really we were lucky to experience the essence where as present generation hardly see all these things. God bless all.

  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalor/Sydney,Australia

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Lots of old memories, nostalgia and way of life of the good old days and years - well put and presented in simple words, Vivian Castelino. Yes, I am with you, when you mention the radio Binaca Geet Mala, and of course, there was the famous Vivid Bharathi,and Radio Ceylon breakfast programme (now Sri Lanka) for the English listeners!

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