The word ‘connected’ immediately brings to mind images of mobile phones, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and what not. All of them proclaim that they help people to be connected. In a way it is true. But sometimes it is sadly funny to see a roomful of people busy being connected with people far away and so very unconnected with those who are near them. It happens most of the time now. Walking, sitting, running and every waking moment people are busy being connected.
The days before the onslaught of cell phones seem far away days. We had the choice of being connected or not being connected. I think there was more freedom. Once we are used to the cell phones and being connected at all times, I feel it will be very difficult for us to be disconnected. But I believe in being connected only when I want to be connected. I switch on the Wi-Fi only when I want to. I like it that way. The Facebook has helped me to be in contact with many of our relatives. These days it is not possible to meet each other at all times. The Facebook has helped us to meet with the feeling that we know each other and are not complete strangers. Similarly WordPress has made my life so much more richer as I am now connected with people far away, in different parts of the world. We share common interests and think alike in so many ways. It is nice to be connected.
I cannot end without a few words about my grandfather. He lived away from his native place most of his life but he remained connected with most of his relatives through postcards. We used to write to each other when he was with my father’s elder brother. Whenever he came to his native place he used to visit all his relatives, in that way he was more connected than we are now. Anyway times change and we have to change with the times. That is life. To be connected or not to be connected is a personal choice.