The Internet free times
I remember my very first-time exposure to a computer was sometime time in 93, till then I had never used a computer. And the computers in those days were big boxes. I had enrolled myself for a Secretarial Course and during that time I had my first use. Before that I had learned typewriting on the old type writer which was a very heavy instrument, and typing on that was a real pressure on the fingers. It was all so overwhelming at that time. I never had a computer at home till early 2000, till then if I had to use, I had to go to a cyber cafe, and pay there on hourly basis. It was expensive in those days, and then we started getting addicted to the Internet.
Now to think of it, what was life before we started using computers, it feels like something alien. When we were small all, we had was books and no internet. Free times I spent either playing with my friends or reading books. That's how my reading habit got cultivated. In the late 80s in our home, we had a black & white TV, which was not much of a fun to watch. Around 92 or 93 we got our first color TV and from that time the technology age started in my life.
When I look back, I feel, those times were so different. They were free times. Evenings we all friends would gather up and play and we would not return home till we had some big shouts from our parents coming. We friends would spend hours together at each other's place playing or reading. It was a lot of quality time spend together. I remember in vacation most of the time I was out of home with my cousins or friends. We would go to the beach side for evening strolls and then enjoy the local savories.
Those were some real simple and joyful times, no complications, life was simple. There were no fancy malls, no big brands, no junk food chains, everything was basic and local. In our house we used to dine out probably twice or thrice in a year and that would be on Birthdays and New Year, else rest all the days we had home food. We did not have A/Cs in our home, and still the heat never bothered us, but now I have so much of intolerance with heat.
Nowadays at night we keep mindlessly scrolling through our mobile phones hiding in our bedsheets, the fun part was in those days we used to hide in our bedsheets and read books till late night with a torch and my father would shout at me saying go to sleep, you will spoil your eyes like this. Hahaha....how things change with time, same ways just different tools.
I miss those times and sometimes feel like going back in time, reliving some more of it and coming back to the present. In those days we were thinking of fast forwarding and now we think of rewinding. After another 20 years we will feel life was much better now than in that future time, and we will compare it with these times. The truth is that times will keep evolving and with that we also will need to.
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