Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
— Bob Dylan

 

Bob Dylan was right when he crooned these famous words. It may have taken mankind millions of years to discover fire, a few thousand years more to discover gravity but in the last 20 years, we have made up for this slow change in unimaginable ways. And technology has been our greatest ally. ‘Change’ is on high octane fuel off-late.

Emails have replaced those blue Inland letters, videos are now streaming on ubiquitous smartphones, black and white has been replaced by 3D, bills are paid online instead of standing in queue and exorbitant trunk calls have given way to free video calls. Change for the better is the new world order.

We are embracing such change in our lives as well. For the 21st century man, change is not a word anymore it’s a trend. Be it cars, fashion, technology, lifestyle, everyone’s going with the flow and changing with the times. Upgrading to an even smarter phone, a bigger luxurious car, a slimmer TV and more, is a reflection of the aspiring man. While the old has its charm, to keep up with change, one needs to let go of something to make way for the new.

 

Upgrading is the New Cool

 

Gone are the days when only a few carried a large and unwieldy mobile phones. Today everyone has at least one. We’ve gone from the glorified cordless to a snazzy 5” phablet. Angry birds have replaced snakes, touch is the new type and funnily, calling has become passé while selfies and instant messaging rules the roost. Whether you carry it as fashion or functional accessory, upgrading to a new gadget is always on everyone’s mind.

 

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How Our life has changed?

 

 From Bhaiya Address Batana to GPS

 

Which one of us has not asked a stranger for directions, and gotten an answer such as “left from the mandir, then second right, then gol-chakkar se left, then right from lal-batti, and there will be a presswallah. Ask him where to go.” Thank god for GPS. 

 

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From Smile Pliss to Selfie

 

The ingredients for the quintessential vacation memory were a random photographer, a bulky Polaroid camera, a famous monument, and a family overly-eager to get themselves clicked. Today’s pictures are a dime-a-dozen, and selfies are a part of our DNA.

 

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From Finding Love to Swiping Right

 

Slow-motion running in “sarson ke khet with an appropriate female choir background score” sounds like too much effort just to find love. The 2015 way to find that special someone is to see his or her profile online, swipe right to like, and wait for that match to ‘App’en.

 

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From Chitthi Aayi Hai to Pings

 

When was the last time you saw a blue Inland letter? Do you even remember where the nearest post-box to your house is? Now, your “pehle pyaar ki pehli chitthi” comes through instant messaging app, probably with a beating heart emoticon. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait for days to hear the reply.

 

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From Antenna Shaking to Video Buffering

 

Remember when the TV signal would get lost during the critical moment in the IND vs PAK match which would lead to a mini battle between you and Antenna and an endless volley of  “Aaya? Nahi Aaya?” Well, that battle has now shifted to the speed at which our favorite video buffers. The good news is that today a simple log-in and your Wi-Fi connection lets you stream movies and videos without interruption.

 

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Dylan’s words are as relevant today as they were 51 years ago. Yes, the times they are a-changin’. Are you?

 

Courtesy: Times of India

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