Technology – Where Do We Stand?

Has India managed to embrace technology as it is today? A small incident to higlight the truth…

‘I love gadgets’ Yes I really do. In fact, this ‘new found’ love made me start a community by the same name in orkut (publicity ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But sometimes, I really find myself in the wrong place as far as electronics go.

I happened to make a call to a shop, selling all consumer electronic items, to enquire about the pricing of a flat screen TV (out of curiosity of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

“Do you have any flat screen TV? How much is the cost?”ย

“We don’t procure them sir, nobody in this place (you can take it as Chennai) will get it!”

“Well, can you tell me the minimum pricing of such TVs?”

“They’ll come anywhere between 80K-1L sir. People here, are still hesitating to buy TVs for even 3K!”

I guess, the last sentence surmises the whole scene. It’s so damn true! Given a choice any gadget lover will hesitate to buy such items. Just take a look at their price!

My mom insisted that I shouldn’t spend too much on electronics as their prices dwindle by the day whereas immovable property would double/triple and so on.

She’s right. I even made a little commotion in office when I spent the whole of the 25 year bonus on one single cell phone. It was my first huge purchase (within India) and probably may remain the only one for quite some time ๐Ÿ™

Who would want to go for such hi-fi stuff when the lower ends will solve the primary purpose? Tell that to someone else please! I am a bit addicted to new stuff in electronics and communication and would do anything to get my hands on those funky/flashy little things!

Recently, I saw a program in NDTV showing one wall mounted TV that would stay as a mirror unless activated with a swish of a wand. The wand รขโ‚ฌโ€œ a magic wand of some sort, can even control the room ambience and do a lot other stuff… Man, that’s one dream gadget. But, sadly, I don’t suppose I’d get to see it soon let alone get my hands on it!

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Author: Rajesh Narayanan

A small speck of dust in the ever expanding ether

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