Kabhi Laptop, Kabhie Phone: It’s All About Teaching Your Parents

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Kabhi Laptop, Kabhie Phone: It’s All About Teaching Your Parents

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fter introducing my dad to WhatsApp, he sent me a message one morning that read, “M3J7QJU1”. I asked him what that was all about. He replied 10 minutes later that it was a password he wanted to make note of, so he sent it to me on WhatsApp. Now every time he needs to look at it, he just opens our chat. Ingenious. This other time he wanted to update his Facebook photo so he pinged me about it. I told him to just scan a photograph and upload the image. An hour later, I see that he has changed his profile picture to a tiny photo on the top left of an otherwise empty A4-size page.

In the 21st century, it has become almost impossible to stay away from technology. Babies have to be shown jingles and stories on phones to make them eat something. School kids are hooked to Snapchat, and teenagers to web series and porn. Office-goers are seen playing Ludo Star and watching movies on six-inch-plus screens while commuting. Older folks now read the Hanuman Chalisa on their phones. Not having any stake in the online world is like not having an opinion on the Kangana-Hrithik debate – you’d have to be living in a cave.

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