When I heard of #DecadeHop, like many of my co-bloggers I was tempted to share a slice of my life, many of my blogger friends shared fictions that touched us. I have been swaying to manage a decent draft from the last couple of days yet last is still in drafts. Where have the years gone by? Taking a break, I played with my child, Penguin. Little man asked if he can help. The adorable philosopher in the house still believes he did help me. Actually, he did.
He promptly erased my doubts by saying “Okay. What happened?” His two words, kicked my rusted wheels to actually think what happened. What happened to things around me? Things beyond the physical transformation talked during #10yearschallenge.
I wanted to start with Maa stalking me on Facebook. She still doesn’t have an account because remembering the password is not her forte. Bapa shares his account with Maa. So, I get two comments in a day. Not going to say what happens with likes.
But then my parents and their generation are still learning ways of social media. Right then the youngsters’ skid by me and they are the faces of changes around small towns in India. These 20 something kids assume a world in their tap. To an extent, the world is shrinking to finger taps.
These days there are apps for everything under the sun. There are multiple apps to count calories in your aloo parata, steps you walked, time spent on screen. Keep counting. Amongst them, there are few apps that are changing us.
How mobile apps changed our lives in the last decade?
While we Indians love traveling, we also love pocket-friendly travel. Things have become convenient with travel apps. If looking for a vacation other than visiting relatives, search-choose-book on apps.
To commute we chose mobile apps over waving an auto under the hot sun then bargaining to an extension before giving up. Hail a cab or auto without nagging, just swipe. Easy right? Of course, until you live in Bangalore where traffic crawls.
Most travel websites already diversified into apps. And we know rest would follow soon. Dare we forget Google maps and cousins here!
Do you remember in the last years of the past decade a message was floating “Swiggy my amma….”? Oldies in my family took painstaking monologue sessions on how kids are not respecting elders. But again, thanks to these food delivery services we can eat anything without cooking.
Though it can’t replace Maa-ke-haath-ka-khana still you won’t stay hungry eating biscuits and Maggi.
Recently, my cousin had to attend hospital duty for days. She couldn’t manage household chores and attend the patient, Swiggy did bail the family. Before anyone pounce on raising independent children or men in the kitchen, this was suitable for them. Choices.
No, not bitcoins.
My niece studying the graduation course demanded a digital wallet as soon as she stepped in the hostel. Apparently the gupchupwala*, autowala and canteenwala bhaiya said “No cash beta, Paytm karo”. The order of appearance is unchanged here.
Her going pocket money cashless swiftly took me to flashbacks of standing in a queue at the bank with cheques and demand drafts. My tiny wallet used to have an exact fare for a city bus, local trains, and share-auto ride.
If you know my Maa and sister, you can understand how they never have enough clothes and keep buying new ones. Even for me. Though am grateful for their love, my wardrobe who claims minimalist can’t stay sane. In the past decade, they purchased dressed, décor items, beddings and what not. Right when I thought ladies in my family are crazy shoppers, the next-gen joined them. Surpassed later.
An acquaintance of mine diligently roams at least 3 stores, check price tags of items and re-check things online. Of course, the last one offers the best price. Sold.
There is always a sale in the internet market and buyers always find something they think they want. Another change in the way my grandma used to shop during festive seasons.
Doordarshan was replaced by cable channels, later DTH and recent ones are web series. Web series are changing the ways of watching to bingeing. No one can blame the bingers here. Watching Nagins, repeated forms of devils, youth-centric shows, Indian sanskaring bahu and third wheels in love-stories can kill anyone to brain-coma. Not medically but emotionally, intellectually.
Web series brought in a freshness in concept, people could relate and expected more. Last decade we saw Permanent Roommates, Sacred Games, Mirzapur, Breathe, to name a few. As people are more connected online, streaming becomes easier. With options by entertainment service apps, the spree rarely pauses.
When not watching we are probably listening, stuck in traffic, workout, cleaning, and broken DJ service, we Spotify. Not to forget the ongoing TikTok craze.
Social media and communication
We can’t say adieu without talking about social media. Can we?
While in 2010 Facebook was already sharing where we are, what we want to say, and pictures. There were more apps for creative outlets of people.
We seldom eat food without taking a perfect picture for Instagram. There are viral hashtags in all platforms, trends to follow, ideas to share. Talking of which have you taken the #DollyPartonMemeChallenge yet?
Another utmost popular app is WhatsApp. How were the days before this? Group chats, video calls, group video calls all in one spot.
Last decade mobile apps did take our world by storm. Some invaded our personal space, some made life easier. Do you know there are around 5 million apps available in the market? Can you imagine the era before mobile apps? If only we make an effort to keep it away from the dining tables.
*Gupchup is also known as Puchka, golgappa, etc.
P.S. The professional apps like Dropbox, Gmail, Google Drive were royally ignored in this post.
“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organized by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The Box, Wedding Clap, The Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”