Changing times. Changing technology. Change in the games we play.
I remember my dad bought me my first computer after I finished my 10th exams. And now my son is stuck to the iPad from the age of three. Technology has rewired our brains.
Summer vacation was the special time when they aired a few programmes for kids – Superman, Spiderman, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny for about an hour on Doordarshan. It was a special time. We cousins waited eagerly for those holidays and those special programmes. Playing indoors was restricted to the hot afternoons when we made do with carom cards and board games. In the evenings when the elders decided we were nuisance enough, we were shooed outside to play. We came up with numerous games apart from the usual cricket, badminton and hide and seek. The types of invented games increased with the number of players. I remember a cousin brought down a delicate branch laden with mangoes with his sixes. The hiding we got for it lasted us a long time. Never did we play cricket again on the terrace where the mango tree encroached our play area.
Now, everything is just a click away. My son can play cricket, tennis and even football on his iPad. Going out on the weekend is synonymous with going to the mall or game arcade. It is THE thing to do. Gone are the days when a ten rupee note was a jackpot that could buy you a variety of chocolates! Now I see small children running about in malls with hundred rupee notes and won’t settle for anything less than a movie, game arcade, lunches at McDonald’s and Haagen Dazs ice creams. Popsicles golas are do down-market and vada-paav is no more a treat! Sigh..
Posted as part of May Photo a Day Challenge.