The Daily Prompt : Connected

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.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. I think there is a risk that if you always stay connected to the same group of people, there is a risk that you never hear any new opinions or different ways of looking at people. I would think that the best thing would be not to be glued to a cellphone in certain situations, but instead, to look at the, no doubt, interesting individuals around you.

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    1. Very true Sir, I find it more interesting to talk to people. We learn so much from people of different age groups and it helps us to understand life. I like blogging because it helps me to have some contact with different people. Like, it is so good to read your posts. If I had read the same in some magazine, that personal touch would not have been there. Regards.

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