From Robot to human ! ( Technological De-addicition complete)

These days I am in a ‘technology de-addiction’ (don’t refer the lexicon, I just made it up !) mode , not so much by choice as by lack of it . The place I am in  right now (and will continue to be for a month or more) as I  have written before is a little far away from civilization ( alright, perhaps ‘little’ is an understatement. It is very far from anything close to civilization !).

There is no mobile connectivity, and even land phones are out  most of the time, owing to the wind, rain and sometimes neither of these. My accessibility to the internet is restricted to weekends. Needless to say, I am unavailable on my Whatsapp account as well .

But that is what has made me experience this life, as it was before; before any of this had ever come to exist , a life as it was meant to be !

I have discovered that living without facebook or whatspp does not kill. I am living and I have never felt more alive before. Well, alright perhaps, that was a bit of exaggeration , but the essence is the same, I am definitely feeling more human these days ( though I am so addicited to these technological innovations now, that I cannot survive being human for too long! ).

So I await my robotic existence , where I type more than I talk, I see more than I listen and I chat with far away people more than I do with my own family members and emote more with emoticons than with my own face. Wow, what a life !

And here I am, breathing in fresh mountain air as I take my morning walks, feeling the breeze, watching the snow capped peaks, listening to the rustle of the leaves and the cawing the raven ; when I could have just slouched on my couch and exercised my fingers instead (typing on my phone I meant !).

I spend precious mornings and evenings painting flowers and butterflies with my little one, watching animated movies on the laptop together , dancing like crazy to rocking numbers , swinging together in the garden, playing with the little puppy we have got here, watching the bees and the ducks ….. when I could have just handed her a tablet and let her be !

I read more, I write more, I click more pictures and definitely appreciate nature more. I feel so much like a ‘human’ again…a ‘boring’ human who will be a complete and utter misfit in a techno-savvy world.

But am I happy…? Yes. Do I feel good and healthy? I feel refreshed and rejuvenated ! Am I exaggerating again? No, this is honest :P. So I guess, I needed this forced de-addicition to start seeing things as they were before , to start enjoying  the simple pleasures of life we take so much for granted otherwise. I needed this, to realize the time I was giving away to these socio-technological innovations , for free. I needed this to let me know that I am supposed to control them and not vice versa.

Well, have I learnt my lessons? I think I have. I cannot and will not wean away completely from any of these , the internet in particular( for how else will I run my precious blog..?) , but I will not go back to being a robot again.

I want to stay human, for this is how God meant us to be !

THE “TRAVEL BUG”…

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel,read only one page.’ – ST.AUGUSTINE .

There is nothing more rejuvenating and relaxing , than  absorbing the scents and smells of a strange land, observing the local people and their traditions ,  and soaking in the beautiful nature , undisturbed by any technology….

‘TRAVEL’  , according to me is an all encompassing term. One that is used to refer to any kind of journey, that takes you away from your home and hearth; and your familiar surroundings, to a place that is hitherto unknown to you , in  terms of its sights and smells….Thus travel , could be from one’s own city to another or from one’s own state to another ,within the same country or from one country to another,even across continents.

But, I consider the ‘travel bug’ to be something ‘innate’…something you are born with , rather than something you acquire over time. A person may keep travelling from one place to another,for business or pleasure,and still not be described as a ‘wise traveler’  !  I don’t think you can really ‘experience’ a place if :

  • you are the kind of person , who despite being in a place , far from home , expects things and situations there , to be exactly the way  they are back home….

  • you are busy sending whatsapp messages  on your phone or tele-conferencing on your laptop, while you are on a beach vacation or are holidaying in some other place of natural beauty …,..

For the above mentioned people , I have only one thing to say…travelling isn’t your thing and you would enjoy holidays better , relaxing in the comforts of your home rather than travel. So stop splurging that valuable currency !

My travel experiences have taught me a few lessons .The following are a few tips to enjoy your vacations better and make them a memorable one for yourself and your family too :

  1.  Please switch of all your electronic gadgets and use your phones ”for emergency” only !

  2. Try out the local cuisine , and develop your palate for new and unknown flavors and food. This helps you get an insight into the food culture of the area 🙂

  3. Learn to accept the local culture , you will enjoy more. ‘When in Rome,do as the Romans do.’  This saying makes perfect sense while traveling. Every society is different , so don’t get scandalized , just  because it is different from yours…’Morality’ is a relative term , what is moral in one culture , may be a taboo in another. So abstain from criticizing any new culture or making judgements .

  4. Try not to follow any fixed tour plans. Let your tour be flexible .There are enough books in the market to guide you in a new country, so instead of expensive packages, experiment by going to unexplored and lesser known places rather than the common tourist attractions. Perhaps,a walk through the bylanes of some countryside , will be more refreshing and easy on the pockets, than a hectic  tour itinerary, that ends up burning a hole through your pockets !

  5. ‘If you reject the food , ignore the customs , fear the religion and avoid people , you might better stay at home’ – JAMES MICHENER

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So, the next time you plan to visit a place, far from home , don’t forget to be a travel ‘smart’ !

Twenty years from now,you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.So throw off the bowliness,sail away from the safe harbour,catch the trade winds in your sails.EXPLORE- DREAM -DISCOVER’  – MARK TWAIN

HAPPY TRAVELLING 🙂