In the rush and frenzy of daily life, we have embraced all the time-saving, hassle-free, low-maintenance options that are available in the marketplace.
We have substituted a traditional three-course breakfast consisting of puri, bhaji and laddu OR idli, dosa, sambhar (and the different kinds of chuntneys that go with them) with muesli bars…or worse still, supplementary capsules that promise that you will live healthily ever after even if you don’t eat a single morsel of food all through the day.
We no longer need to remember phone numbers and dial them. We just need to find a name from the mobile phonebook and press the Call button. Worse still, we send texts with vowels missing and consonants replaced to make words shorter.
We don’t go outdoors for a game of tennis anymore. We have Wii!
We have long forgotten the use of a pen and paper.
We never exercise that part of the brain that could handle numbers. We got the calculator instead.
We ‘type’ emails…never ‘write’ letters. I so loved KG’s post on this.
We cut our hair short. Saves time, shampoo, conditioner and money spent on hair accessories.
We have given up trying to sleep or shit, if we face difficulty in either. We take a sleeping pill or a laxative, respectively.
We don't travel that much. We have National Geographic.
We call friends over for a pizza party. Never for a four-course meal party (at least I don’t).
We ignore calls if the mobile flashes ‘Mummy calling..’. We have Mother’s Day instead, to make up for it.
We don't read novels anymore. We read and write blogs...crisp, short, and a stress-relieving exercise at lunch time (as is this one).
We have tutors to help our toddlers finish their day-care homework (maybe coloring a duck yellow). We return home too late to see the toddler or the duck awake.
We have mixers and grinders, and toasters, and sandwich makers, and rice cookers, and egg beaters, and cake whippers, and vegetable steamers, and coffee makers. But we still don’t have time to cook, eat or entertain.
We have wrinkle-free shirts that don’t need ironing.
We ‘catch up’ over coffee, because we lose touch with people who matter.
We use a deo when we don’t have time for a bath…and a chewing gum when we forget to brush (it amazes me that people have stuck to the time-consuming, effort-needing act of chewing a gum…it should have been wiped out from the planet long time back, considering how we don’t like doing other long-drawn things).
These shortcuts are a life savior. What I can’t figure out is….where are they taking us?