“Hello Chacha, please save this number” is what my 7 year young nephew Ashish recently messaged me on WhatsApp from his iPhone6 gifted by my cousin on his birthday; which according to Ashish was “a common thing” amongst his peers. I was stunned! When I was seven, I probably had to ask my parents before making a phonecall from the landline; which also was not a common device in my neighborhood.
This incident happened in April 2014, one of the laziest months I have ever lived. After having taken science stream in class-11, pursuing an Engineering course & then doing an MBA from a prestigious institute; I had done all what an Indian parent might want from their child. Oh yes, I got an MNC job from the campus placements and since it asked me to join in July 2014, I had three long months to do absolutely nothing in life. Ofcourse I had the Lok Sabha elections to follow; but then I would have done it anyways.
So yes, when my nephew messaged me, I was taken aback. I called up his father i.e. my cousin brother and asked him why is he spoiling the kid? He was “bhai kaunse zamaane mei hai? Apna zamaana gaya!” I somehow enjoyed the life where friends didn’t mean a Facebook profile, friendship didn’t mean a “Like” and games didn’t mean the Mobile Apps. There are few things which people only of the 1990’s might understand because “Apna zamaana mazedaar thaa” 🙂
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