Circa 1988: Remember
the slow old days when things happened at the speed of an Ambassador car? For
today’s generation it may actually sound as though we lived in a “slow motion”
age! Among the several valuable possessions I had as I grew up was the family
Those were the days when cameras were expensive and
everything was dictated by a “camera roll” that had to be developed by a studio
into printed pictures of various sizes and fitted into albums. One fine day,
the traditional ‘roll’ camera vanished and in came the digital camera. But
before that, let me tell you all about the family album and what it meant for
many of us.
Obviously, we had to be careful taking pictures. No swim
suit pictures or half naked ones. The guy at the processing centre would be the
first one to ogle at you when you were to go and collect the pictures. And mind
you, he could even make copies of it and share it among his friends and you
would be “exposed” to the world. Every
roll that we bought allowed us to click anywhere between 12 to 30 odd pictures.
Once we developed the roll, we would have to reconcile to the horrible fact
that only a few pictures were in focus.
The out of focus pictures had to be discarded. The good ones
were then usually put into albums and stashed away in overflowing cupboards.
These were taken out once every few months or years and nostalgically viewed or
shown to close family members and friends, again to be stashed away for
eternity. A few pictures would be enlarged into bigger sized pictures and
eventually framed to be hung on walls.
It was ditto with
personal conversation. Matters discussed
within the four walls of the house were confined to the four walls of the
house. Matters discussed with close friends, remained among those close friends
and if your conversation were to be leaked outside this hallowed circle, you
Year 2022: When I
take a selfie, I want the world to see it. My new bikini, my new shorts, my
gym, my bedroom, my parents, my girlfriend in a state of undress, my wife
trying out her new petticoat, my new underwear, my biceps, my motherhood, my
figure, my beachside picture, my pet, my new bed, my clothes, my baby in the
crib, my new house, my new bathroom tiles, my new car, my new motorcycle, my vacation
to hinterland, my plane ride, my train ride, eta al. Even Jack the Ripper now
knows how your pretty wife looks or how miserably thin you look in your
As for personal conversation, there is nothing personal now.
I hate my neighbor, I just got pregnant, I had a miscarriage, my grandmother
died last night, I am going for a week
long holiday to Bali, my house will be empty for 20 days at a stretch, I love
the Prime Minister’s new hat, I love his clothes, my adulation for my next door
neighbour’s daughter, my favourite actor, my dog has been throwing up, my visit
to the doc, I love wearing a bra, I hate wearing a bra, I am planning to buy
the new Maruti Suzuki Brezza, I just missed my periods, I am pregnant, I am
gay, I am bisexual, I am a heterosexual, I love sex, I love to ogle, my formula
to improve the world, my two bits on how to run the country, the bonus I just
got , et al. Jack the Ripper even gets to read this on various social media
platforms written across the globe by CEOs, journalists, doctors, politicians,
engineers, bakers, and every other Tome, Dick and Harry. Now that is what I
call a world without boundaries!
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