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The World Environment Day is an annual event for most countries struggling to combat environmental catastrophe. Population explosion and pollution have a symbiotic relation; with rising population humans are programmed for what is called the Life force 8 (desires)-
1) Survival, enjoyment of life, life extension; 2) enjoyment of food and beverages; 3) freedom from fear, pain and danger; 4) sexual companionship; 5) comfortable living conditions; 6) to be superior, winning; 7) care and protection of loved ones; 8) social approval.
Since dawn of times and 2 to 3 million years ago when humans graduated from being hunters and nomads to farming civilizations, the need for socializing developed. Communities began to form; animals were domesticated; the significance of what natural elements like fire, water, rain meant were slowly being comprehended and the fear of not being able to control them made us give them divine and supernatural status; As civilizations evolved forming complex social structures, forests began to be cleared to make way for housing and there was a move towards crude weaponry- stone technology to defend and hunt.
Irrespective of the era, ideology, humans will continue to exploit the environment to suit their basic needs. The sudden apprehension for the environment emerges out of losing control and influence over things; it is s because all this was taken for granted over five to six decades. The Industrial Revolution was a catalyst to current happenings. On one hand we want to shift to paperless offices so that trees are not cut- which means more oxygen is produced and on the other excessive use of electronic devices (mobile, computer) as determined leads to cognitive stagnation, memory loss, feeling of isolation, back and neck complications.
There are no good old days in terms of consumption of goods and services at any point in history; Waste generation (e-waste, human, plastic or numerous others) is a byproduct of consumption; only the quality and quantity of the same oscillates.
Governments hustle to ban environmental unfriendly products like plastics, polythene may backfire if alternatives are not phased in gradually. ‘Ban’ has become a norm and at best cosmetic and for PR purposes.
While one might think that there is no concrete relation between environment and automation, the same cannot be denied or ignored. Governments and administrations want to shift from non-renewable sources of energy (coal and petroleum based) to renewable sources (hydro, wind and solar) which is desirable. A mutual understanding between all stakeholders will assist in a smooth transition between non-renewable sources to renewable sources energy. A change in mindset is needed at all levels from school children to adults.
Electronic devices generate E-Waste and their disposal is as cumbersome as mounds of plastic and other wastes. This irony of transition to automation means shifting from one type of waste to another. The electricity used in these devices further depletes natural resources. We have to think of 50 years from today and tackle this problem when stakeholders meet on the World Environment Day. We need a technology whose disposal is uncomplicated to achieve the goal of sustainable development.
By Aditya Sharma
The concept of flyover in the cities is to ease traffic woes and for those who do not want to wait at traffic lights, they can pass over it. Yet is has been seen to the contrary. These bridges not only increase traffic, they also provide anything but an aesthetic feeling to the city and its surroundings.
They take up a huge chunk of space and as the topic of pollution has been in vogue, its construction contributes to the city's air already reeling under vehicular and industrial barrage. City authorities take decades and tax payers money to build this contraption, then find it convenient to enforce traffic restriction blocking routes, asking commuters to decide their own alternative routes but laying out no contingencies as to what these alternative routes are.
The U-turns one takes under the flyover is like going blind in a snowstorm, making a simple U-turn complicated and dangerous. It is logical to build it over rivers or when parts of a city are separated by the sea and when we are on the borders of another city, but inside the interiors and downtown, one can do without it. The space beneath first becomes a temporary home for the homeless, then the civic bodies start beautifying it by building parks and vertical gardens. For the pedestrians it is a nightmare, as some daredevils use this to cross the road though being completely aware that the situation is like a deer caught in the headlights.
It is often possible that despite our best efforts, one can inadvertently climb it and upon realizing that our destination was a turn a few kilometers back, there is no scope of reversing and we have to drive for a few extra miles before taking a U-turn in the complicated and baffling city road structural designs.
It would be more logical to replace these colossal structures that over time with the passing of vehicles become weak, and there is a danger of collapse with tram routes. The tram can become a boon for cities struggling to inspire its residents to shift to public transportation systems. A separate corridor and stations can be built and the hop on hop off system can be experimented with. Consequently, footpaths will be constructed of the size they are meant to be , thus helping those who use cars or any form of transport for small distances to walk.
By Aditya Sharma
Views are personal
The entrance exam season has begun and the organizations responsible for conducting these every year come up with' dress codes' to avoid any on site or off-site cheating. This is the only thing where various organizations have a consensus on when they have to conduct entrance or recruitment exams.
I am a resident of India, born and brought up in New Delhi- but in the same logic I will be an out of towner, outsider and a visitor to Mumbai. Mumbai and New Delhi may be in the same country but they have distinct idiosyncrasies, ideologies, language, culture, and any one not born there will become a visitor. So, I earn in Delhi and if I go to any other state, city, and spend there it goes to that particular city's treasury and well it may be frowned upon.
Even if we relocate, it takes time to adjust to the lay of the land, the different routes etc. One has to change ID cards- from the driving license (if we tag along our vehicle then our license plates as well at the nearest RTO) to the voter card to almost every possible identity that exists. One can go to another city in our country or a foreign country for a short while but eventually we have to come back 'home' which our attitudes and our body is adjusted to. The city comparison does not stop and it is on the lines of – the beliefs, perceptions, values, and how one is welcomed. We are found out the moment we start asking fellow pedestrians the route to a nearby restaurant. Hotel officials will treat us as tourists by giving us a VIP treatment as if we are someone they have never seen or we are literally aliens though belonging to the same country.
One can forget the change from one city to another- cultural and ideology changes inter-city. Each district of a city is punctuated by different mindsets. One will want to travel to the nearest shopping center, take admission in the nearest schools and colleges and only out of compulsion do we tend to go beyond the limit of our threshold. Cities are divided on administrative convenience so that the municipal corporations, mayors, chief ministers, MLA's, MP's and their counterparts in various states all over the world can govern a given locality/constituency thoroughly but after a while the districts are affected by cultural hegemony.
We are not only tourists in other countries- because that is a given but tourists in our own country- which seems perplexing at many times. There is always the debate as to who is a better tourist- domestic or international- both bring in money which helps generates employment and entrepreneurship but while we take domestics for granted, we eulogize the internationals. If we go back to ancient times, the concept of country was nonexistent- it was about regions, each region was a country within a country.
The history of India is a proof in this regard and only due to the efforts of some pioneering and bold individuals that states and regions came under one umbrella and become India or by whatever name one wants to call it. That is why we have the term United States of America- just like India this particular region was colonized by various European nations and they did leave a mark where naming the city or state is concerned, and states were brought together to form a nation.
Why does an individual visit another country- for sightseeing, or for understanding the culture, meeting new people- while these are pertinent reasons, they are just a smokescreen. The real reason is to escape from the daily drudgery of our activities- and see the near perfect world of other countries. For the tourists, everything we don’t see in our country and we see in other country is heavenly. But for a local, the same issues affect everyone-education, job security, unemployment, housing, food, clothing. They might smile when they see us, but internally the struggle is the same.
As an Indian one travels to other countries to escape from the chaos, because we know that the disciplined 'western culture' is not for us, and it won't happen here. People from those countries come here because they are tired of the discipline and mechanical existence, and they need to see a bit of chaos and confusion.
By Aditya Sharma
Since times immemorial, fines and challans have been the deterrent for citizens to follow rules. Authorities deem fines as the only possible solution to keep people in check. For a long time in India, using the seat belt was an alien concept, until the Police and respective Government departments after a number of accidents made it mandatory to wear seat belts especially for the driver and the front seat passengers. One uses the seat belt rarely for protection but more to escape fines and avoid getting caught by Police on such trivial matters.
While it took some coaxing and cajoling to utilize the front seat belt, the rear passenger seat belt is still a matter of contention. Wearing the seat belt makes it seem like one does not trust the driver, that the driver is rash and negligent- meaning we don't trust the driver. One doesn’t think twice before trying on the seat belt in the Airplane, the flight attendant will make sure that each and every passenger will wear it during the flight duration. The seat belt sign will flash giving us constant reminders.
In more expensive cars, the alarm beeps if the driver has not worn the seat belt, but there are no such indications for the back-seat passengers. In the economy cars, either the buckle is too deeply lodged inside the seat or the belt itself is removed. There should be seat belt sign just like we have in airplanes and until all the passengers have worn the seat belt, the driver should not start. It may not work as we might argue with the driver that who is that parson to comment on how we secure ourselves. . These things cannot be forced by laws or fines but by self-training- if we are convinced that wearing seat belts is for our own good. Forget cars, what about Auto- the citizens miserly transport- there are no doors, they drive aimlessly without any concern for their fellow pedestrians and other vehicle drivers. Probably it is time to introduce seat belts in this transport for the niggardly as the impression being that Taxis are for spendthrifts.
Buses and the Subway are forms of public transport but overcrowding should a strict no-no. Each and every passenger should sit, because standing impresses no one not should it evoke empathy. Seat belts should be made compulsory in school buses as well. Seat belts should be a daily routine like locking one's house or car. We lock the house to protect inorganic objects so why cannot we wear seat belts to protect Humans who are sentient beings after all. We are not obliging anyone by wearing seat-belts.
Though, Social Media over the last dozen years has revolutionized the way we communicate in terms of information reaching people globally in a matter of minutes, it has made us lethargic, careless and oversensitive. In fact suffixing the term media in its traditional sense might be a misnomer.
First, we post something, then another individual or a group objects to it, these people troll, the troll is often taken out of context and more often than not it turns into a 'gender, race, caste', etc. split. These groups and individuals are aware that whatever insults they write, it will get a reply because people take everything personally, logic and sound judgment flies out of the window, emotion, sentiment and nostalgia take over and one does not even think that is merely provocation and publicity for those groups or individuals. Their purpose is fulfilled when the more traditional media reports the same and they get their 30 minutes of fame, even if they what the words they provoked with is merely for the sake of it.
The debate whether its various forms and the way we use or misuse it to spread information or engage in squabbles is never ending. What we don’t realize is that we are arguing or defending things on a platform which was only created for entertainment. It is preposterous that these platforms are now being slowly used for quasi- revolutions, that part is only pseudo. One should appreciate the creators for these platforms but it is nothing more than a recreational activity and a publicity tool, and at the most disseminating pertinent information is logical. The people who have nothing concrete to do but being egoistical misuse it to engage in unnecessary gibberish. Most people here like to be a fly on the wall. It allows some to lampoon without any physical presence.
Social networking is just an old wine in a new bottle- it is all about the packaging, the content may be negligible.
The number of likes and retweets becomes a criterion for popularity and what is even more ludicrous is that retweeting or liking anything controversial or otherwise is grounds for support and if not done then we don’t support the cause or the individual, and if we do then we are subject to trouble with the authorities or people in general- another case of old wine in a new bottle. Grammar, vocabulary, spellings take the biggest hit irrespective of what region we belong to, which language we speak since we have to 'express our opinions' in limited characters.
While one adamant group says that these platforms or quasi-media are important to get like-minded groups together to discuss global issues, another bemoans the days we were bereft of it and how people actually met face to face, not over facetime. Since there is no accountability, we might for our own selfish purposes and for the sake of showing our support, retweet or on the hashtag write that we have done as is the norm, but there will never be any evidence.
Radio Talk show by Aditya Sharma on the menace of noise pollution
The third law of motion seems be the flavor of winters in the capital. It can be talked about in terms of governments introducing the ODD EVEN system every time we talk about poor air quality or increasing number of vehicles in the city. Then we have different bodies' idea of implementing it. While some favor exemptions, others want a no holds barred rule.
They say prevention is better than cure but with respect to 'pollution' and a cacophony of trucks, cars, rickshaws, motorcycles, all efforts have failed. Why should we allow the pollution to touch the severe category every year between September and December and have the same blame game and discussions again, and again? If construction, burning waste, trucks from neighboring towns constitute the bulk of the 'pollution' then let there be a mandatory pollution check on trucks, use of machines that don’t throw up dust during construction and instead of disposing of waste through burning, recycle it and make it useful. This way there would be no severe category and life would go on. Footpaths don’t exist so walking will always be a nightmare, along with cycling.
In other terms, not all would be able to use public transportation if it does not benefit the elderly, disabled and those who need to use their vehicles for stoppages every few kilometers. Metro and Bus services for shorter distances are not provided nor do will they ever be due to it being a 'loss making venture'. If someone is coming or going to the mall, and they carry bulk items, Buses and Metros won't help and if they either have odd or even numbered vehicles, then autos will fleece and that will be pardoned.
The authorities will have a set response to these challenges- one has to face a little inconvenience to look at the larger goal of saving the city. This scheme is being thought at a macro level and these micro challenges will escape every time. It is not as if pollution did not exist a decade or two ago but we let it be and now after ignoring and neglecting it, we suddenly wake up and feel the pinch and helpless.
The ODD EVEN policy does not agree with SMART measures- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Result oriented and Time bound.
Whatever be the Motor Vehicle Laws that deem ' app-based cabs' as illegal, they are safer, economical and not an eyesore and unprofessional like Autos. Instead of banning these services and labeling them as app based, the common sense would be to amend the Motor Vehicle Laws and bring these under purview of Public Transportation. App based or other terms are technical, as long as the service provided matches up to the fare, we do not have to fret over it.
After the subway system (Metro), Ola, Uber is what this country needed in terms of professionalism and customer service and safety which had been missing for seven decades. No one likes haggling with the Auto driver over fares who neither use the meter nor do they follow traffic laws. They drive where and how they want, posing a risk to other vehicles, refuse a customer because they don’t feel like it and we agree to a higher fare as they exploit and take advantage of a few.
The vehicles which the two companies use are well maintained, the drivers are courteous and in the end, it is a business, so rising costs or not, they understand the value of customer service.
On the other hand, since time immemorial, the Auto drivers and their Autos are dilapidated, a feeling of casualness emanates, and since they are open from all sides, customers are prone to accidents and falling sick in harsh weather conditions. If there is a growing concern of those cab companies eating their business, then the Autos and black and white taxis need to amend their attitude and realize the reason why those two are becoming the preferred choice of transportation after Metro. The bill which is displayed after a journey clearly demarcates how and in which sections the fare is distributed and it never has felt like fleecing.
Banning these services would be wrong as it has provided employment to millions of drivers, one can call them self-employed and it would put pressure on governments in the future.
Some might give a wild reason that Autos represent the lower and middle class while the 'app-based cabs' look and are for higher income groups. This theory should be junked, it is a misconception. Just like Railway and Airway fares are now at par, the theory there too has been junked.
Jaywalking has become a part of ‘Indian walking culture’. Jaywalking is not only an act of walking across a street in a careless and dangerous way, or not at the proper place, but for Indians it is an art. The art of meandering in between cars like the river meanders through rocks. One can include the flexible transport- cycles, where users use it as a dumbbell and carry it over their shoulders when crossing.
It is a simple observation- neither do the walkers nor the car driver cognizant of rules bother to follow and that is why we have accidents. The situation is that we have to show our hands to cross roads and very few intersections have traffic lights for the pedestrian, which are in more affluent areas of the city. This is one of the reasons why we cannot walk more than 2 kms and we prefer to take non-motorized or motorized transportation for medium and longer distances.
Subways have become a den for nefarious activities- unlit, dark and dingy- or some of them are inexplicably closed- cant understand that. It is difficult to cross intersections because of the height of the road dividers. The foot over bridges do not have escalators or the stairs are broken and slippery so discourages the one who use wheelchair or the elderly. If we pay taxes, then it is imperative for the authorities from the municipal, the state and central governments to give us the basic necessities that are indispensable.
Schools have to take initiative- probably indirectly to highlight the importance of pedestrians- the lawmakers can only do so much.
Footpaths, which are made for the pedestrians are not constructed adequately. They are either too thin or it becomes a tree house- cars are parked there so one is forced to walk on the road or construction material or discarded debris become its occupants. Another is the zebra crossing- they are either fading because they have not been painted again or the car occupants having no empathy for the walkers disregard the rules and cross over it- which makes the situation worse. One would have seen cars going right across the zebra crossing and getting into the right lane even before the signal is green. The car occupants cannot count themselves superior to the walkers- once in a while they too would be walking and if the zebra crossing is covered then they will have to do some dangerous maneuvering.
The biggest factor is the weather- it is humid- so that also makes it hard to walk- it is possible to do so inside the neighborhood parks in the form of jogging but the above factors make it a deterrent on the main roads. So, before the authorities come up with plans to shut down parking lots or increase road and vehicle taxes- the solution must be viable. The footpaths should be only for walking- their width should be equal to the size of the road. Dumping debris and car parking should become a fine and impounding of cars should happen. This may not be possible in the cities, which were built in a chaotic way due to myopic attitude towards the pedestrians but new cities should be built with adequate transport, including trams, metros, bus stations, taxis, subways, foot over bridges and large width footpaths and clearly visible zebra crossing. When public utilities are being constructed, the signboards should display- ‘YOUR TAXPAYERS MONEY AT WORK’.
The 24-hour news is like the fizz that comes out of the soda or champagne bottle- it comes out like a fountain rapidly but dies down eventually.
18 May 2017
For most of us when we talk about Tablets, it is all about Samsung, Apple and Microsoft and how these three technology ‘Giants’ have changed the course of the written word- from the pen to the typewriter to the computer (including phones and tablets).
Anything that the current generation did not experience from the landlines to the typewriter becomes vintage and historic. There might be in the future a museum of those landline phones, the simple flip phones- which were a rage only 11 years ago now are deemed as archaic because we added a prefix ‘smart’.
It is said that those who write or text or post or tweet using these wonderful gadgets tend to lose their natural handwritten skills- whilst it may be true but from what I have experienced lack of those devices is not directly proportional to clear and legible handwriting. Be it 1920 or 2017, it was a skill then and will be a skill now till the end of whatever.
It is a conscious effort as far handwriting is concerned. Therefore in primary schools they should focus on handwriting because for example in accounting one wrong number or illegible can lead to losses of millions despite the comfort of software. The premise here is not get nostalgic about the pen, nostalgia does not lead to a logical flow of thought and should be kept away from our conscience.
The closest thing that comes the keyboard is the type writer- a piece of technology in itself immune to viruses, power cuts and hacking. Just as email came close to the written letter, the keyboard is closest to the computer.
We still need our fingers to type and though texts have made a mockery of the language and twisted and turned badly, there are still few who write on the device as they wrote on paper- though no one today likes to read long- well the hpe created around the 140 character tweet has made all and sundry lazy.
First we create a halo around all these devices then someone comes up with a research that excessive use of it makes us depressed. The pendulum swings from one section to the other as we are coerced to download apps but at the same time the other warns us of exhaustion. There is an app called telegram- what does it show- lack of names or just doing the obvious.
Coming back to the handwriting- as is the premise it is a conscious effort but not a dying one- be it the pen or the stilo we will always write. At the end just respect the transition without throwing the actual in to the dustbin.
The fear of machines taking over has been debated for centuries- through the medium of the fictional and facts genre. There is hardly a bridge between the two. In the Terminator franchise, we see how machines or robots will be sentient enough to perceive their makers as a threat.
Materialism did not just happen- it was already there when the moment humans embraced the earth as nomads or settlers. It does not matter that you have to own something ‘modern’ to be called materialistic, meaning that owning a car or a phone was not the first insistence, but even domesticating of animals should be included in the same.
The 21st Century has been erroneously proclaimed to be one of the fast and the furious and the survival of the fittest: from sending and receiving mails to sharing ones achievement with the world using a multitude of applications, to fast and bouncy pitches in cricket, the slow and steady wins the race generation will have to reinvent itself.
By Aditya Sharma
Almost every city in India is seeing a rapid rise in vehicular traffic, led astutely by Delhi. Governments have tried various methods to curb traffic issues such as the odd-even scheme in an effort to get commuters to avail Public Transport- Metro, Taxis and Buses. Though the idea was appreciable, one needs to understand why do we have traffic jams. No one really wants to follow traffic rules and signals or even lane driving. This habit of crisscrossing lanes leads to chaos but this is not directly proportional to rise in cars and other transport systems.
In fact to walk to the nearest metro station or bus station is an herculean effort, because there are no footpaths so we take the cycle rickshaws or stuff ourselves in shared autos that take advantage of our plight and overcharge and we being in a hurry pay no heed.
Most cities around the world if one notices carefully, manage all kinds of transport- Buses, Trams, Metros, Taxis, Private Vehicles, cycles and most important pedestrians. The pedestrian has been given the same respect as the one in vehicles. There are dedicated signals for pedestrians and this way there is organisation and smoothness of movement.
India lacks the respect for pedestrians- while we are aware of a zebra crossing yet we do not care for those using it. There would no space to walk if the vehicles stomp on the zebra crossing, which is as criminal as jumping lights or not wearing seat belts and should be fined.
In fact the one walking has to literally plead the vehicle to stop so that we can cross the road. Then we see people walking in the middle of roads to cross from one end to the other despite the presence of foot-over bridges. These foot-over bridges already diminish the non-existing dying footpath. One should balance underground and foot-over bridges.
Unlike other countries where footpaths are a very important usage for the pedestrian, here footpaths are non-existent. Malba, construction material, wild grass, hawkers, and parked cars make it impossible for the pedestrian to walk. Even for short distances one is forced to take taxis- 3 wheelers whereas walking would have been the solution.
Another important issue is the respect for ambulances, which in case of emergency have the right to break rules but when confronted by traffic even they are helpless, so the solution is Air Ambulances, which means helicopters, so all city hospitals who obviously can afford, should have helipads on the roofs.
Unless the pedestrian is given the same level of respect as we give to one in the vehicle, the rush hour traffic will continue to be a challenge. This respect should be both ways- because once in a while the car driver will be a pedestrian and vice versa. The pedestrian should be fined in the same way for breaking rules like jay walking or walking when the green light is for the vehicle so that a level of uniformity is maintained.
It is quite paradoxical that those very same individuals who lecture about the negative side effects of more than required use of TV, Computer, Phones are more addictive than they can think about it.
Earth hour has become an annual event where we switch off non-essential lights so that the Planet Earth can survive for double the time it has been till now. It is humanities’ concern for the environment, for a sustainable living.
The initiative is a good one but should it be limited to one day and one hour and one month? Like other daily activities that require no external motivation, we should do it everyday for one hour and not essentially in the evening or night time but throughout the day and it should not look as an obligation to a Planet which has been there for over a billion years and will continue to do so. In most countries, sunsets do not happen in summers till 6pm, so till that time we can use sunlight to the best effect
One can extend it by switching of taps, gas stoves, in winters smart use of fireplaces and if we just do the obvious by throwing the garbage in the dustbins. One has to understand that garbage and waste will be generated because this is something, which is natural as well as artificial and has been in vogue ever since humanity came into existence. Waste generation can never be prevented; it is how we dispose of it that should be taken cognizance of.
On one hand we flay concern for water wastage, air pollution, on the other we go about wasting water when it comes to a few festivals and all over the world firecrackers are burst, pyrotechnics are a delight to watch and in these situations all environmental concerns go for a toss out of the window.
We only are concerned when we do not get unlimited access to water, gas and electricity, then we suddenly see it as resources which are non renewable but if we are going to get uninterrupted access no one will care at any point. The real change will be if we can judiciously use these resources even if they are in access and uninterrupted and if then we switch off lights, and before taking bath not let the shower run or while filling up buckets till it is full then the contribution will be seen as genuine.
Usage of resources is the existence of humanity, from using of tractors by farmers to computers or typewriters by authors; it is how the economy thrives. When we are not utilizing something, we just simply switch it off and that includes sleep because even the energy of us humans is as precious as energy generated by a vehicle.
Usage of resources is the existence of humanity, from using of tractors by farmers to computers or typewriters by authors; it is how the economy thrives. When we are not utilizing something, we just simply switch it off and that includes sleep because even the energy of us humans is as precious as energy generated by a vehicle. All these efforts have to come from within, external motivation is needed but it should look natural and not because it is if we do it, we earn a good name amongst others or show some concern for the sake of it doing so. We have to admit we will not care about something unless it affects us directly otherwise it is just another day that goes by for us and we come and go.
It can be easily said that one person’s wastage is another person’s utilization so these depend on individuals thought process. One hand we rue that trees are being cut to produce paper which in turn helps us read books but cutting of trees means less oxygen, on the other we praise digitization but there are some harmful effects of using technology like wrong posture, eyes and neck get tired, people don’t talk to people as they get involved in their ‘ gadgets,’ so what should be the solution if we don’t appreciate both but rather condemn more than appreciate then we will wallow in negativity.
It is as Buddha said all those years ago- about staying in the middle path, neither too ascetic nor taking things for granted. We should rather appreciate what the nature has given us than think about what we are missing.
Shopping as a whole has undergone a change with the advent of stores such as Flipkart, Amazon and others. Today we do both online and offline shopping. While online shopping is restricted to buying books mostly, offline is for those products, which we cannot buy until the buyer can feel its authenticity, literally and metaphorically.
Shoes. Clothes and electronic items form the bulk of this share, which a consumer wants to see. How much we may ever advance, shoes and clothes will be bought offline, going to the store and satisfying ourselves until it is the right size, that feel will never go out of vogue. On one hand this Online shopping gives us a lot of options on the other it has made us lazy but if we go back into history it is just an extension of those catalogues we used to see in shopping centres.
Some many argue that we order food sitting at home but this is not a new trend and ordering food in a restaurant and from home doesn’t seem to have much of a difference because in a restaurant also we will never go into the kitchen to see whether healthy ingredients are being used unless of course you are a food critic or an health inspector from the Government department and the duty is to check for the hygiene of the products.
Online shopping becoming a rage or not, offline shopping will always be there and the former challenging the latter is part of what we call advancement. Even in the case of this trend called ‘online shopping’, ultimately it is a human being who delivers the products to our doorstep and instead of going all emotional we should thank those who have taken the pains to set up such stores, even though everything in the end is business and given us a large variety at a single place and we don’t have to rush to buy the same at different places. Then what about those home shopping networks, they are not much different from flipkarts or Amazons. The human mind is intelligent, it has the power to make decisions, as there will always be a multiplicity of choices.
Coming to the point where it has made us lazy, who knows we might ending up buying cars or rather motor vehicles on the internet. We see the advertisement on the TV, we check the car dealers, as we do in video games or better known as PlayStation, select the make, model, colour of the car by just clicking a button, in short we are designing it to our needs, then we wait for it to be manufactured, take one trip to the store, have a look, satisfy ourselves and lo and behold it is a miracle. In the present times, we go to the store, browse through some catalogues, feel the car, order it, and specify our modifications and wait. There are no daily trips to the garage to see as to how it is done, we trust them to adhere to our specifications and it is all but the question of trust.