Times; Y2K to 1- 01-11

December 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm 26 comments

No analysis, no pointing out the good Vs better, no this happened in India or what shouldn’t have, no world politics talk, no how to make this world a better place discussion, just a nostalgic dose of the days that were in the previous century to what changed in the decade that ends in next few days. Feels like yesterday when there was a big buzz about the whole Y2K phenomena. It wasn’t mere beginning of a new century but a millennium and boy we are already ten years into it!

Amazing isn’t it? I count myself amongst the luckier lot, born at a time when the pace was smooth, no hurry, stress was an unheard word. Any activity playing a sport, watching tv was a group exercise unlike today where everything is so individualistic and just for you. Things had a longer shelf life and left a never to fade impression like, writing with fountain pens, filling ink and while doing so staining hands and clothes. It now has an exclusivity factor. In fact who writes that often? Hand written notes are now a rarity. Walkman, a possession that was counted as owner’s pride and peer’s envy ;). Old-style MTNL phones, it actually meant dial a number not punch. Bi-cycles– I cycled to school..! Kids these days don’t have a privilege to do so with the traffic on the road and of course chauffer driven cars at their service.

Now, there is 1:1 ratio for mobiles and soon it will be the same with cars. Games are on play stations with or sans a partner. You have one TV for the living room and one each for every family member. FM is huge and its not just AIR, every frequency has a station but strangely each one is limited only to music?

www shrinked the world and all dead, alive and non-living things became Google-able. If Orkut was about school re-unions then Facebook is the third most populated place in the world after China and India. And if I quote a friend then FB has achieved what many in a family failed to do in reality, “Being friends with family”. How can I not add youtube, the easiest way to find an audience and achieve fame.

First came MP3s and then Mr. Job became the same to Gizmos as Mr. Gates was to computers & Microsoft. Apple as fruit may not be available in every part of the world but as ipod, iphone, ipad, itv it is most sort after and desirable. If e-commerce changed the way you shop then e-readers like Kindle, Wink changed the way we read. There is an e version for almost all newspapers, magazines and books. Do stuff the way you like to because choice is unlimited and we are spoilt for it!

Look at me when I was in college I filled sheets with my so called ‘ creative pieces and stories’ and now I blog, write whatever little I can and read a lot of mind-blowing stuff some of you publish.

If ten years redefined the way we live, think, communicate, enjoy, express then it is a good enough reason to look forward to beginning of a new decade with 1-01-11.

Cheers to wonderful and ingeniously crafty times ahead!


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  • 1. tangyorangesour  |  December 29, 2010 at 1:36 am

    true indeed

    • 2. delhizen  |  December 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

      tangy enjoy yr holiday!

  • 3. Purbaray  |  December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Wow you covered the entire decade? Brave girl!

    • 4. delhizen  |  December 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      I am glad you felt that way 🙂

  • 5. magiceye  |  December 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    loved the positive vibrations in the post!!
    way to go!!

    • 6. delhizen  |  December 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      you know I was looking for the right kind of pictures to go with the post but couldn’t lay my hands on anything… Silly me should have asked you!

  • 7. Guha Rajan  |  December 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Technology has made the world look small and simple. At the same time it kept our “want” to keep growing and changing them it to “needs” as time progress.

    For example mobile phone might be a “want” about a decade back, but not anymore, its an absolute neccessary these days. Hence, there by we are complicating ourself to earn more

    • 8. delhizen  |  December 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

      Ah! that’s a philosophical addition to the post.:)

  • 9. arpana  |  December 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    nice documentation of progress-loved it!

    • 10. delhizen  |  December 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Hey thanks Arpana 🙂 Wish you a rocking 2011

  • 11. zephyr  |  December 30, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Times are changing so fast. Gone are the days when we oldies talked about the good old days. Today kids are reminiscing about theirs!

    The other day I saw a news item that said that 70% of Indians have mobile phones.

    • 12. delhizen  |  December 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      welcome to taxfreethoughts and why does yr pic remind me of my mum? 😉

  • 13. delhizen  |  December 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Oh you bet they are! My friends are spread out everywhere and I am able to keep up with them and along the way find new one too 🙂 wonderful, isn’t it?

  • 14. Abha Midha  |  December 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    O yes…. we have marched so much ahead in just a decade. It seems unbelievable we ever used fountain pens to write. Good to know u too are from Chandigarh around the same time.

    Are you on FB? If, do send me a request and lets get connected in the new year

    • 15. delhizen  |  December 31, 2010 at 4:15 pm

      Uh, i used fountain pens in school :). I don’t know if it was around the same time coz i passed out in 2001! happy to connect

  • 16. Sapna  |  January 1, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Loved the way you’ve put it. A very Happy New Year and and yeah a brand new decade. Hope the coming year and the decade brings you loads of joy and happiness!!! 🙂

    • 17. delhizen  |  January 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Sappy wish you an amazing year ahead with lots of surprises, just the way you like it 🙂

  • 18. Harshad / Madhav  |  January 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    You had covered whole decade with beautiful words.

    Have a Happy 2011 Pallavi.

    Madhav’s Magic Blog

    • 19. delhizen  |  January 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Wish you a fantastic 2011 Harshad Bhai… you getting married this year, right?

  • 20. Pzes  |  January 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Well, I was among the bicycle riders too! Thankfully Bangalore saw a little less traffic back then, than it does now.

    I wonder what changes we’ll see this decade. By the time it ends, I’ll be 33 and wiser maybe.

    • 21. delhizen  |  January 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      I know, never did I anticipate things will change at a super fast speed… lets hope this decade is an eventful and more exciting! maybe we can review it with a post in 2020??? 😉 🙂

      and a young blogger I follow taught me that age got nothing to do with how wise you are. I have seen him outsmart the smartest at times with his writings and posts!

      • 22. Pzes  |  January 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

        Oh, I’d like to read this blog too. 🙂 could you please email/paste the link ?

      • 23. delhizen  |  January 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

        here it is …http://myopinionsdocumented.blogspot.com

        One of his post was also adapted as a play for the Great Indian Blogologue series.

        Hope you like it as much as I do!

  • 24. snowleopard  |  January 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Interesting analysis. 🙂
    And I still use an Ink Pen. Mostly stay away from social networking sites and have and will continue playing outdoors. And I still have the walkman and cassette players etc (I never throw away anything)
    And in the gaming section you forgot to talk about the TV games with cassettes and the 8 bit Nintendo’s
    And there was also a skates revolution when everyone in school was skating from A to B.

  • 25. Kartikay  |  January 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Really nice history lesson of the last decade! And thanks for painting such a nice picture – it seems so bleak otherwise!

    On that note, Happy New Year! Hope the next decade is even more exciting!

    • 26. Delhizen  |  January 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      yeah, Happy New Decade to you too! Maybe we can do a review of then (2020) and now (2011) 😉


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