In this generation where every second of our lives are spent on technology, modern gadgets and social networks, I had always wondered how the human race would have survived without WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Android and iOS, and daily dosage of news and views.
Now I know the answer.
On February 25th, I was admitted to hospital due to severe pain, and it turned out to be a case of acute appendicitis. Since it was an emergency situation and I was operated on the next day, I did not even get the minimum possible time to set my social interactions in place before I was down.
In the process of running to the hospital, I left my cell phone back, which over the years has left my palms only when I’m in the toilet or sleeping, in one corner of my home. The battery was soon to die, and wouldn’t be recharged back alive until 2 more weeks.
Firstly, I was totally cut off. I didn’t send out poor jokes on WhatsApp, didn’t update stupid statuses on FaceBook, went the entire duration without updating a single photo on Instagram and not a single tweet was sent out. End of the day, living without all this is a not too difficult task. Only thing, you need a bit of grit and determination.
Secondly, two weeks may be just fourteen days, but it is indeed a long time in life. I was without TV, news and newspaper for these days and by the time I got hold of my first bit of news after a fortnight, the world was totally a different place. Arvind Kejriwal was a knockout champ before I went. And when I am back, what I saw was some sort of WWE happening. It took me some time to get a hold of things.
Cricket too was different. As soon as I opened Cricinfo and looked at the points table, India were on top, having defeated four teams on the trot. Looking back at India’s performance in the tri-series before the World Cup, I never expected this to happen. At least, I expected South Africa to get the better of India. Ireland and Bangladesh too were up there.
Back home, there was his “Mauka Mauka” jingle doing the rounds on TV. I didn’t get hold of it initially, but back to YouTube and checking it out, I realised it’s the next biggest and popular thing in this World Cup, that’s after an India match.
So, while I slowly get back to my normal self, reading old newspapers and rewinding tweets, all I can say is that the best part of the small break, although due to inopportune circumstances, was the best way to set my online life and social networking back in order.