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Life: Then and Now....

Updated on November 3, 2011

Change is the only thing that is constant in this world. It is always the simple things that change our lives. When I was thinking about these simple things, I realized that small things do make a big difference. Just wanted to share the difference that has happened in our lives from then to now, in not so poetic but in a rustic tone.

Those days children were live wire
Those days children were live wire
Now children live with wire
Now children live with wire


Early in the morning, usually we use to open the windows to say hello to the world.

But now, we open the (MS)Windows and it says a hello.


The coffeebeans used to enlighten our day.

But now, there is no enlightenment in our day without Javabeans.


Your morning walk used to take you more close to nature and helped you find yourself.

But now, you search for your life in Google and end up learning about other stuff and forget that you are losing what you were searching.


Wife was considered everything!!!

But now, Wi-fi is everything!!


You used to hate when somebody else (especially wife) try to prompt when you try to say something.

But now, you wish Google to prompt when you type something.


“That’s my phone” gave a feel-good attitude few years back.

But now, “That’s my iPhone” makes you feel good.


Your status gets updated when you face a good book.

But now, your status is updated only when you are in Facebook.


You used treat your friends.

But now you just tweet them.


We used to share our thoughts with ink.

But now, we just share a link.


Life was measured by the number of people who like us.

But now, life is measured on the number of Likes (Facebook) we click.


Friends, family and relations used to be linked in a good relationship.

But now, we don’t know how good is our relationship but we are LinkedIn.


Photos were only for occasions. They were few and so we were able to find the best.

Occasions are created to take photos (to post it in Facebook). They are now in plenty but still could not find the best.


We used to move our eyes on to the picture tube after spending quality time with the family.

But now our eyes never come out of Youtube, then where is the time for family?


Our practice was to fast once in a month to maintain our body.

But now, our food is also fast and we also fast to maintain our body (size zero).


An apple a day keeps the doctor away was the old saying.

An Apple (iPod, iPad, iPhone) every day, every time keeps the doctor beside you has to be the new saying.


You were busy identifying the clogged spot in your house.

But now, before you remove the clog in your house, tips to remove the clog spot goes into your blogspot. (Remembered the clogs to coins contest in Hubpages)


In those days, we used to be a live wire.

But now, we live with wire(less).


What gives pain is not the development in technology that has happened with the human touch;

But what gives the pain is the difference the technology has brought in our lives without that human touch.

Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. Lets accept the change in our technology but not in our biology. But still, keep changing because life has to go on!!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Eyesstraightahead for your positive comments! Will grab the book, Alone together, when I'm alone and try to get the enlightenment as you got!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks lucybell21 for your comments!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is wonderful! It is so very true. In the book, Alone Together, Turkle shares more than 30 years of research on how technology has changed our lives. I was enlightened when I read it. It is about how the more connected we become the more lonely we really are. I know several people who have hundreds and thousands of online friends they have never met in person but few who are touchable when they have a problem. I find that it is easier to develop that intimacy online because you feel you can share what is on your mind and speak how you are comfortable speaking. In person, you feel like you have to consider others' thoughts and points of view and then dilute how you would typically express yourself. If only we could bring our online personas to the real world and share who we really are (or want to be in some cases, right?) with our touchable friends and family the way we do with those online. Everything has its benefits and disadvantages. Thank you for sharing and reminding us in a friendly and suggestive way that we should take more time to remember those close to us in human form as much as we remember those on the other side of the computer.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      OMG, so true. We never had all this stuff back in the day.And I gotta say I may be a tad bit guilty of doing some of these things nowadays. Great hub!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Jason Lim even I have had the feeling that life is more beautiful when there is no technology. but we have to live with it!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Cloudexplorer for your valuable comments! I liked your thought as well! The job search pattern has changed a lot from then to now. The job search has now become easy but still the job now is not as secure as then. Technology has changed our lifestyle! we have to accept it and go on!

      Thanks again for your motivaitng comments!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks jeyaramd for sharing my hub with your followers! As you said we should learn to balance both the worlds to enjoy a better life!

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      Jason Lim 5 years ago from Singapore

      Sometimes I wish technology never existed, or would stop evolving. Life is so much more interesting and romantic when you don't use technology

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Ok, this is the ultimate twist on our technological era we've all been experiencing as plugged in people who must do so because the web has summoned us.

      I love your play on things and awesome usage with words play, lol. I had fun reading this hub and just wanted to add one more to your flavor of technology bending the times here.

      How about the fact of having to go for job interviews in the past at the company headquarters or sending a simple resume to the office.

      Now we use, web based company job boards, contact buttons, facebook job listings, craigslist, job search websites, and email as well as linkedin to form professional connections, that rarely ever get answered or get the interview. While simultaneously we get flooded by somewhat acceptable spam from them all in our digital inbox, scoring them billions in marketing impressions if we click it, & never complain about them all, as we done with years past and just called it junk mail.

      Remember when it use to occur in our physical mailbox at home, and now that's losing the battle, but digital tricks are on the rise above us all.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      We are definitely in changing times. Hopefully, we can spend more time with family and loved ones. Its nice to be able to get back to basics. Its hard to move away from technology. However, we should balance both worlds with better judgement. Thanks for sharing this hub. Sankari Nayagam, I hope you don't mind that I have shared your hub with my followers. I think it would be very relevant for the new year.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Yadhuvanshi!

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      Yaduvanshi 5 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Hi Sankari

      I just loved reading this hub made me remember my my old good days.

      Thanks

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Punam for stopping by my hub and commenting on it! In fact every time I write I feel that I should not write something negative about today's life but somehow I get these thoughts and write about it. Even I felt that the hub had its meaning because of the last paragraph!

      Thanks for commenting!

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      punamdharkar 5 years ago from India

      There's a hint of the cynical in your free verse but I liked your concluding para the most...very non-judgemental.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Ruchi and Rajan for your valuable comments!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and relevant to the current times. How times change!! Sometimes I wonder, "Have they changed for the better"?

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Good one..enjoyed reading it.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Probably yes Neelesh! Thanks Neelesh if because of you she read my hub!! Thanks to Sulabha as well!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot Viji!

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      shankari is this the sulabha dhawalikar i know? sulabha from indore? kiran's wife?

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      Vijayabagavathi 5 years ago

      Very true and saddening fact.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Sulabha for those positive words!

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks Neelesh for those comments! Yes neelesh, how much ever we try nowadays we try to stick to our laptop the whole day!

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      meenajayasuriyan 5 years ago

      NICE.IT IS A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING.WHILE READING LIKE THESE WORDS ONLY WE KNOW HOW FAR AWAY WE ARE FROM THE NATURE AND REALISTIC LIFE. IT IS SO NICE AND I WISH YOU TO WRITE CONTINUOSLY LIKE THIS.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 5 years ago

      Very interesting! Every invention brings some changes in life- good & bad both. And we human beings accept the change without really ruminating. It's only when someone puts it in words that we start to think. That's the way it is I guess!

      Very well written.

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      i know sankari i know. my day starts with windows and every day after i finish i tell myself the next day i would start with opening the door going in to the yard and looking up at the trees that surround my house but then just as i get up something snaps within me and back i go to the laptop.

      very welll put like it

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks brandasaur for the thumbs up!!

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      brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

      This hub is gets a thumbs up. :) I really like this because it shows real life and how you unveil the truth about life. Thumbs up! :)

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Thanks asmaiftikhar for reading through my hub and commenting!

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      asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

      Impressive and realistic hub.Shows the realities of life and bitter truths of human nature.keep it up!