Thursday, February 4, 2016

We Need Each Other

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I see a big house - not luxurious in the way big houses today are. But displaying abundance in another way. It has people. It has smiles. It has echoes of loud laughter. Jokes are shared, songs are sung. I see a different life there. Kids play in the yard, not with technology but with each other. If someone cries, there is a hand to wipe the tears. No hands are needed to text emoticons of sadness and sympathy. Humans exist. Humans interact. Humans hug and laugh and cry and talk.

It is long gone now. That human touch. Touch has been redefined. Touch-screen. We flip pages on the screen, rather than a book. We touch keypads to send across our half-hearted smiles, our un-felt tears. That is what touch has become. And yet we feel we are connected. Are we, really?

There is a disconnect. A rupture. A major chasm. It divides us. It takes us apart. We reach technology again. We want to take control of our destination. We have to reach it. But we have no oars to row our boat. We try to build virtual bridges using social media. We have many friends there. We are very social beings, socially active on our phones, sitting in our isolated houses, talking to 'friends' we hardly ever meet.

And then, we lose it all. Our sanity, our peace. We wish for a way out. But the only navigation our GPS can offer is from one physical place to another. We try to stretch. But we have been sitting so long in that abjectly stooping posture, that we have stiffened ourselves. We wish, too late, for deliverance. Who can rescue us?

Is it too late now? We try to look inside. There is pain in there, a throbbing pain. It tells us that we are alive. That there is hope. We just need to try. We just need to utter. We just need to articulate. We just need to get in touch again. Touch - Feel - Talk - Converse. In a social way, in a physical world, on a personal level, on a plane of consciousness.

We have the will. We can find a path too. All we need is navigation through our heart - from my heart to yours, and the other way round. All we need is voyage from deep within us. All we need is a steering away from the mechanical responses to a more sentient reality.




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This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

25 comments:

  1. The last line sums it up all wonderfully Sunaina :-)

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    1. Does it Archana..? Thanks. I was confused whether I ended it with the right words.

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  2. In Salinger's celebrated novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden the protagonist makes an interesting statement: He prefers a horse to a motor car because "at least, it's human." The need for connectedness - emotional bonding - which you can't have with a motor but can have with a horse... Yes, you have a wonderful point here.

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    1. True. The lack of this human touch is the cause of wrecking relationships....

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  3. Absolutely loved the write up. I especially like the small lines that make up big ideas. Can never really write them myself but will try. Followed your blog to keep learning :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sarthak. Everyone has a style unique to his/her own. The important thing is that it should touch the reader's heart. I am glad mine did.

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  4. Such a prolific write, Sunaina! Loved it:)

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  5. "A PAIN that tells us we are alive; that there's hope." I rarely see such deep understanding of life in someone. I also know that it isn't bookish. You paid a huge price to earn it. You're really a gem, Sunaina. I'm really a fan of your writing style. :)

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    1. Your comments inspire in a very special way Ravish....:)

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  6. Your navigation skill touches hearts. We seriously need to understand the message.
    But I can say it's this virtual world where I could find a prudent wordsmith like you.So, for me it's not that mad-bad world.

    Very heart warming post Sunaina. Loved it to the core. :)

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    1. Oh my...wordsmith.....I like that Sangeeta....:)...It is not bad, but we have made it bad with our addictions...!

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  7. हृदय को स्पर्श करती बढ़िया पोस्ट, सुनैना जी।

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  9. The way you have navigated to the heart is wonderful Sunaina. The message surely comes across from your heart and touches the hearts of the readers.

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  10. Sunaina, technology maybe has just brought to life the chasm human beings have long created between themselves through social constructs that are constancy harping on making people feel fearful, guilty and ashamed of who they are. It's a trust deficit that reaches for a technology guard. It is not tech but human walls that need to come down.

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    1. Technology is fortifying the walls probably Lata.

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  11. This post has touched me, for i am a culprit too. But then i can't do my bit if the other person is not ready. It takes two to tango...No?

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    1. Right, but let me be the one to take the first step....

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  12. Very well said. Technology controls our life nowadays, but it should have been the other way round.

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