SOAP OPERA

“O, swear not by the moon, the fickle moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circle orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable”
– Shakespeare

For ages now, people have been interested in the unknown yet well known existence of the outer world. To delve further into the matter, the main figure of the content, should be well understood. Likewise, Cambridge Dictionary defines Space as : “the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere”. However according to the Human convention, anything beyond the umbrella of conscience has been designated to be a part of this far fetched land. However, with modern techniques and well researched theories, people have reached out to the glitz and glamour if the outer world. INDEED! They have made their way to space. On the contrary, according to some newer concepts of scholars, “rather space has created a niche in our minds and thereby in Us (perhaps surreptitiously)”. Is it?

With the varied new gadgets which have taken their respective seats in our lives very dexterously, similarly, Space related fun and melodrama has also crept into our living rooms without our immediate notice. When the children of Space enter our entertainment sets, they are welcomed with new badges “Space Opera”. The kids of this generation has inevitably fallen in this trap of “interplanetary wars, heroic warfare, futuristic techniques and armaments”. This science fiction with all its grandeur has taken a mighty place in today’s lives.

In spite of being aware, we have unconsciously fallen in the Universal deluge of fantastical space tales. Even in the tiniest problems, do we not think for once, “Wish, I had the powers and the weapons of the Real Heroes of Star Wars!”. Even in this global world of rationalism and practicality, falling prey to such so called science fiction (which indeed has no science related rationality nor science related usage) is precisely shameful.

We cannot deny, that we are living in such a world, where in the outer world or the Space has become an integral part of our lives unknowingly. However, it is time, people understand the importance of choosing the right road to recovery, thereby “slowly pushing the Space Operas to the back seat of our mind” and bring forth true Science related stories.

ONLINE LEARNING PORTALS – A NEW REVOLUTION IN EDUCATION SYSTEM

In this hour of crisis, how can people gain knowledge as well as collect degrees in lesser time? Do not panic! Indeed, online learning portal is the answer. To make things clearer, let me share an episode from my life. Hardly, two months were left for CDS (Combined Defence Services) examination, and my condition was like that of a puppy lost in a jungle. It was then that Google baba came to my rescue. I scrolled down to GradeUp, and I was bewildered by its services. The website provided a plethora of solved question papers and time Based assignments. Likewise, there are millions of such cases, where people have steered past all economic , time based ordeals and have merrily reached their successful days with utmost glee, simply by enrolling in the online learning portals.

Amidst this rat race, people seem to be intoxicated with the zeal of topping the chart! What about people who do not have amole financial support? What will happen to those who want to prepare for Civil Services while working in their office? Will their dreams be closed in the caskets, nipped in the bud and be thrown into the deep dungeons of oblivion? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! People can still fulfil their deep desires of learning and can satiate their quench for knowledge by simply entering the world of online lectures (you can listen to them as many times you want with one to one doubt clearing sessions) and varied online study material (which have been sieved to make the aspirants study only the pertinent matter).

“All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above.” A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

All people will be benefited from the online learning portals but however, even amidst such well researched material also, one should apply one’s own methods and strategies to stand as a victor. Therefore, be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

Speaking according to the environmentalists, this new revolution in the education system has made things “PAPERLESS”. Indeed, at least for once, an entire set up has risen with the banner GO GREEN.

To prosper in this world, one must turn out to be global citizen. These online sites very dexterously connect students with peers all round the globe giving them a taste of the foreign culture and environment. With such exposure, a person can easily feel at ease with people of the other half of the world.

The online sites do not only teach the basics to an individual rather it also lets him to explore and delve into the intricate subjects which one wishes to pursue but cannot in the concrete brick laden walls of the Universities. Therefore, one can easily choose a matter to expertise over it.

The future days of this new stir in the sea of education are seemingly bright! With every ticking second, the online learning portals are trying hard to pass on the torch of education and hence enlightenment to every nook and cranny. Hoping, when I will be drawing the closing lines of this piece, many more people will be rescued from the hullabaloo of the present day education system and will find solace in the online learning portals.

An overview of SEXUAL POLITICS by Kate Millett

Kate Millett through the text has critically analysed the entire mystic arena of sexual politics. With the support of varied excerpts from different novels,she has craftily sketched the “despotism of sexual stereotypes”and the relationship between the sexes in terms of”power”.”Whenever he found me alone in the room,he began to plead me to bare my breast sand if I did not, he turned brutal and crude.His hands bruised my body and left blue and red marks on the skin.”These lines have been taken from Kamala Das’ autobiography”My Story”which even further helps to portray the age old sagas of the subjucated women folk and their woeful conditions under the tyrant ruler “TheMen”. Kate Millett through varied quotes by renowned novelists like Miller, Genet and many more, has elucidated the fact that these novelists had written only on male superiority. The male writers spoke galore only about the existing patriarchy. May be this ignorant behavior towards women instilled in the petticoat folk, the determination to pen down their experiences and their feelings. “But one story was never told, the most shameful of the worst human rights abuse committed by the Japanese during World War II—-the story of the “Comfort Women”, jugnunianfu and how these women were forcibly seized against their will to provide sexual services for the Japanese Army. “The world with it’s myriad tongues can provide innumerable instances for this “Battle Of Sexes” where women are till date treated as mere OBJECTS. To recapitulate in a nutshell,I would like to conclude with the words of Kate Millett, “A sensual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy and also with the ending of homosexual oppression”.

THE CHALLENGE OF HUMAN SUFFERING

Down the broken roads of the bygone years, the baggages of earning social and economic stability was confirmed to be of the highest order and the most desired requirement of mankind. The plebians of this vivacious Blue Planet have even toiled hard to achieve the same but amidst such fantastical moments of victory, a loophole has passed unnoticed. For some time now, this
tiny imperfection has taken a gross stature and now intellectually labelled as the suffering of humans. People all round the globe have now plunged into serious debates to mould this
suffering into something fruitful thereby clarifying that human suffering does not mean sorrows only, rather, they will also help in making the humans more humane.

The so called modern people of the twenty first century has subconsciously declared social
media to be the only form of communication. People love to stay active on the social media platforms making millions of friends who even do not exist for real and making this world, a web of stalkers and a merry go round for illusory relationships. On the other half of the world, we find people losing their heads for not being able to speak to anyone in real and are drowning deep in depression. Is this not human suffering? The very essence of human civilization is to
stay connected, share and grow but alas! With increasing technology even the vestiges of the human civilization is about to disappear. Now humans have to take lessons on living alone and spend a secluded life from his own tribe.

Till date, nowhere across the globe, the balance among the varied genders of the society has been struck. Women are till date, oppressed and made to wear the titles of baggage and liability.
The men on the other end are still being held as the Lords of the Land. The LGBTQ community have been totally abandoned on the z plane without any recognition of human kind. Is this situation only pitiable, only sympathy gaining, or is it a big shame for the ‘so called progressive
society’ and an unfathomable human suffering? The fellow members of the world are not able to communicate well among themselves, they are not trying to understand each other’s
problems and no one is uttering a word of loyalty to Humanity. Where are we heading to? The wheels of the caravan laden with social progress will never reach its destination if the society is not freed from the socio-political vices and the tussle between the Haves and the Have Nots.
Unknowingly, people are heading to the dark dungeons of unrest, honour killings and injustice. The state of anarchy is spreading like wildfire and just as W.B. Yeats mentions of a powerful savior in his poem, Second Coming,

“When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert. A shape with lion body and the head of a
man,”
we should also in the same manner find our savior and thereby put an end to the harrowing traumas of men.

According to Protagoras, “Man is the measure of all things”.From Protagoras to Modern times, varied phases of human development have been demarcated. With the evolution of human development, the science faculties has been put the forefront to answer all queries of the universe. The ever increasing rationalism has wiped away faith, overshadowed spirituality and declared technology as the sole religion to be practised. Charles Darwin has helped in the
widening of the human minds by theorizing the On the Origin of Species where in the evolution
of man has been elaborated explicitly with varied examples like that of birds in Galapagos Islands and marsupials.

To make situations worse, the world is being ruled by another “ism”, that is undoubtedly capitalism, theorized by Karl Marx. This profit oriented monster has dexterously shattered the world into varied fragments, creating a huge gap between the rich and the poor and even reducing the humans to mere machines.

When the world was struck hard by the devastating recurring shocks of the World Wars, the trauma did not end within the premise of the battlefield rather it went way too far to shake the basis of humanity. The Second World War stands as a testimony to the heinous crimes meted out to the people in the name of community. The Nazi holocaust, the blood chilling tales of the comfort women and the other inhumane treatment bestowed on the people created a rift among the people. Men became enemies of Men. Class struggles reached its peak. Problems like racism sprouted like mushrooms here and there. The increasing chaos triggered problems for generations to come. However the biggest problem of the humans is that, they have not only created problems but have also maintained them and dutifully have passed on to their future generations. Amidst the great grandeur of rationalism, people have forgotten the true being of rationalism. Thereby T.S. Eliot mentions, “Humankind cannot bear very much reality”. With this simple quote, Eliot presses onto the fact that the moment men discover who they actually are, they will fall short of tears for the harm they have done to their own race and to their existence.

Just as the Buddhists have penned down the Cardinal vices – Anger, Lust, Indolence and Avarice, the solution to these problems can be expected from the same. All miseries and sorrows can be erased from the souls of the mortals by following the Eight Fold Path. Can only relieving ourselves of the pain be called as the accomplished goal of mortal life? Jean-Paul Sartre, “It is certain that we cannot escape anguish, for we are anguish.”

To achieve a landmark, everyone has to undergo a share of suffering. A caterpillar also suffers to evolve into one of the most beautiful creatures, Butterfly. The labor pain which a mother suffers during the childbirth is equivalent to the pain caused by the breaking of almost twenty one bones. To grow selfless and to earn the crown of an altruist like all mothers, suffering seems to be mandatory. Nissim Ezekiel’s Night of the scorpion:
My mother only said
Thank God the scorpion picked on me
And spared my children.”

Jean-Paul Sartre: “Life begins on the other side of despair.” Certainly suffering does not mean sheer sacrifice; it also presents a bag full of happiness and strength. The words further ring true with the thought of Freidrich Nietzsche: “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering”.

However, all suffering might not find an answer in the form of a reason. Some sufferings are to make oneself strong enough to stand up for oneself. The Holocaust survivors, the acid attack survivors, the Rape victims and many more people who have been tortured, might be clueless about the reason why they have suffered. Victor Frankl, the great Austrian psychiatrist and a holocaust survivor says that suffering instills the nuances of the Art of Living. He further says,
“But there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment
and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man’s attitude to his
existence, an existence restricted by external forces”.

The people suffering from a terminal disease and groaning in excruciating pain, and being denied the rights of Euthanasia, can they also be termed as sufferers? Who defines suffering?
For that matter, who defines anything on this earth and who affirms those theories? Suffering for the time being can be summed as, our sense of sins, sense of virtues, our idea of aesthetics, our reliance on asceticism and our knowledge of leading a human life.

The meaning of suffering when seen under a microscope thereby scrutinizing every aspect of it with an individualistic approach, the idea of suffering in totality takes a very different turn. Humans not only suffer from materialistic or physical pain, rather they also fall prey to the
incapability of not finding a meaning to their lives and their way of living. The educated minds have even started questioning their very existence on this Earth. Existential crisis has emerged out to be a major issue in the modern times. However some scholars state that suffering itself is a vital part of human existence and even consolidates the very base of living. Industrialization has no doubt enriched the earth by heightening the economic level but it has also become a root cause of not only dehumanizing people, alienating people but has also become a cause for their detrimental health effects thereby ringing the death knell– pollution and global warming. Almost seventy percent of the Planet’s lungs or the Amazon forest has
become a victim of the dangerous forest fire. Who is to be blamed? The State or the individual? With more years, the catastrophic effect has only heightened. People are least interested in saving the felling of trees. They are pretty happy constructing shopping malls, not even
realizing the fact that their future is doomed as their selfish deeds itself has casted a death spell on their lives. It is time; people understand the gross mistake that they have committed for
which their entire human tribe is suffering. From individual to collective notion, people should
always try to create a niche amidst the suffering wherein a meaning and the significance of the suffering will lie solely, basking under the wide firmament of happiness and self-satisfaction.

With the ever growing graph of scientific resources, one of the major inventions is Robotic Science thereby promoting artificial intelligence. Are not the robots being more cared for than the humans? Is this causing an imbalance? It is high time that people start to split hours to discover ways how to draw a line between humanity and technology. When an individual suffers, does he suffer in fragments or as a whole being or in unison with
the Universe? Do suffering necessarily lead to divine perfection or is it a signal that the end is near? When natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes hit, who are to be blamed? Should we blame the entire human race or will it suffice if we only knock down
individuals? Are the individuals not a part of the State as a whole? Some say, when men get carried away by the speedy currents of desire, by their hubris, they face such circumstances
which unfold their mortality and certain frailties as humans. On the other hand, some say that the natural disasters occur to prove time and again that, it is a mere illusion that man is the supreme master of the World. All should come together to fight against the ordeals and the
sufferings.

Just like an oyster, which strives hard to give birth to the precious pearl, in the same manner, humans should also labor hard to reach the sacred goal of humanity, which is to aspire to live in harmony. Erik Erikson’s words resonate with the above mentioned idea, “Life doesn’t make
any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the
better for us all”. Humans have indeed suffered a lot; and down the pages in history, many gruesome events have referred to the same. Not only has the bruises of suffering, strengthened
one’s character but has also taught them to find the elixir of life where ever they go. People should strike a balance between their heart and mind to find the true source of suffering and thereby strive hard to learn a lesson from it. Suffering which has been considered to be a curse
of God due to the sins committed in the previous birth, according to the modern norms, no more stands out as a bane. To recapitulate in a nutshell, suffering is a multifaceted element which pushes a person to a fruitful destination by inflicting some sort of pain or problem. Martin
Buber, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware”.

ARE WE STILL GOING TO BE FRIENDS?

“The boy in the striped pajamas” by John Boyne is not a calculated story with balanced illusions punctured with wonder tales of simple friendship. This story set against the backdrop of World War II, rather unfold the self destructive capability of war through an extraordinary friendship saga of an eight year old boy, Bruno – “who perseveres to be an explorer by adventuring into his backyard”. Indeed, the innocent friendship did not solidify on the embankments of “livelong promises” or “forever vows”. Their friendship was kindled by the sparks of “extra sandwich surprises” and crystal giggles.

Bruno was the son of a fellow officer (Herr Kommandant) in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. Amidst the brutality of war and violence against the Jews, he befriended a Jew across the fence of a Nazi camp. The electrified fence which had demarcated the boundary dividing the two world for such long years, finally became a meeting point for two lively kids, Bruno and Shmuel. Their friendship neither knew the fact that “power lies in the hands of the Germans” nor the fact that ” the Jews were treated as dangerous vermin”. Their friendship only knew the exchange of happy faces with twinkling eyes overflowing with innocence, playing games (“ball games not allowed”) and waiting for each other near the fence. This tale of friendship digs deep in the chaste world of unconditional and selfless love for each other.

The horrifying climax of the war comes with equally terrible last segment of the story, when Bruno disguises himself as a Jew ” in striped pajamas” and crosses the fence to help find his friend’s lost father in the camp. During one of the long marches to the gas chamber, the two little boys were also pushed cruelly in the dark dungeon of death. However, even during the final ticking seconds of their life, they clung on to each other and died in each other’s arms.

Truly, friendship can take birth even in the dark niches of slaughter houses existing in the inhumane human world. Through the perspective of a little child, the Irish author has penned down the dark tales of beasts in disguise of fellow humans, with such ease and dexterity that millions of people all round the world have shed tears and simultaneously saluted this friendship as well. Hoping that, when I draw the final lines of this piece, many more friendships will bloom and will be admired for their beauty, strength and sacrifices.

LONG LIVE FRIENDS!

LONG LIVE FRIENDSHIPS!

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?

Nowadays people are so obsessed with the idea of perfect planning that they force their passion to the back seat. That day isn’t too far, when the passion won’t even get the prestigious back seat.

Why is it so hard to get along with the thought that being normal is also good? It is perfectly fine to not turn out to be the greatest being yet becoming the person who you always wanted to be from those toddler days. It is fine to pick up your paint brush and draw a window amidst the cotton clouds to seek a way out to your fantasy world. To show that you are unique, you need not climb great heights, you just need to live your life on your own beautiful terms.

In the rat race, people love to blindly imitate the successful beings and not try to figure out the true reason behind their success. He travels the fastest who travels alone. – Rudyard Kipling. Make your own decisions and carry your passion with utmost care. Even if you are the first one to pursue the art which is backed by your interest, then jump into it. You might not be successful at the very first attempt but you will definitely stand out as a victor in the long run. You renew yourself everyday. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you are not, but it’s average that counts. – Satya Nadella.

In this fast moving world, people simply deal in monetary terms. There is no space for emotions. The so called modern dwellers of the 21st century think emotions dilute their strength but society strengthen their efforts. Is that really so? Society doesn’t even care about you so, stop thinking about the ideals of society. The citizens of the Blue Planet have given shape to the Society. If the very basic foundation of today’s ravenous society is us then how can it anyway judge us. Pick up the litter of the rules of the society and throw them wrapped in forgetfulness in the deep limitless gorges of memory.

You will surely not get the smooth highway to travel, but the narrow meandering dusty roads kept in store for you, will happily take you to your destination. Take small steps but keep moving forward. I walk slowly but I never walk backward – Abraham Lincoln.

Every individual has a secret which can drive him to his the day in life. Indeed, the idea of passion resonates with Rudyard Kipling’s Every person is crazy about something.

However passion will only bring colours at the end of the day if it is accompanied with hard toil. It’s time, people harness their potential and brush up their rusted passion which has been thrown into the deep dungeons of Oblivion.

Come one, come all with your shovels laden with motivation and dig deep into the quarry of originality.

Sharbari Ghosh.

TECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMAN MIND

For the last few days, almost every day the newspapers are being flooded with the news of Kerala floods. People from all round the world have donated. Within a very short span of time, various electronic wallets like Paytm have collected some crores (more than twenty crores) of money from their users to provide help to the needy. Could this be possible in our grandfather’s time? Is it only technology which had helped or is I only human mind that helped? Compare this event to the revolt of 1857. The revolt had all the potential to uproot the British colonizers but it could not. It so happened that their communication was very weak . How do we explain this phenomenon? Is it only technology which was at fault or is it only the human mind which was at fault? Are both of these separate entities or is there any relation in between?

Change is a constant of human mind. The line brings forth a witty oxymoron. Isn’t it? Human mind has never been static and this not been static state has always been very constant. From those early ages, we have seen the human minds inventing new things and keeping no stone unturned. However, the human mind has never stressed itself without any reason. Hence, the proverb, necessity is the mother of invention stands absolutely true in this context. The recurring necessities have urged the generations to invent technology. Whenever the people have faced certain wild adversities, they have come forward to tackle it with the power of their human minds. What is technology? In simple terms, technology is a science or technique to invent tools to simplify one’s work and to do it in lesser time. In this 21st century it seems that, in the tough race between the technology and the human mind, the technology is far ahead of the human mind. The human mind had formed the technology. Now it seems as if the creation of the creator is about to supersede the creator himself. What an irony, isn’t it? We are surrounded with various forms of technology. From a simple hair pin to the space ship, everything includes technology. Technology has turned out to be omnipresent and it is slowly turning out to be an integral part of our lives.

Recall the days of the early men. “For every time I see the sky I’m aware of belonging to the universe than to just one corner of the earth.”- Ruskin Bond. Ruskin Bond’s views resonates well with the fact that the human minds never dreamt of sitting idle and his inventions are one of the best evidences. In the timeline, the discovery of fire was the first notable celebration of the early men. Fire was discovered around some two million years ago. Fire itself has led to so many inventions. When we today light a matchstick, do we care to value this invention? Earlier our ancestors used to live alone but slowly and steadily they started forming groups. Fire provided courage and protection to these wanderers. These groups later on merged to form a society. Basically, to reduce the communication gap, all sorts of inventions were coming up. They wanted to live together in harmony. Communication even brought in wheels. Wheels brought in more people and more intellectuals gathered. People started to develop various languages to share their ideas and ideologies. These spoken languages were then followed by written manuscripts. The first paper making process was started in China in (25-220AD). Way back in the Renaissance Age, the first printing press was invented. At Mainz, in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press.

Gradually, people started to write letters to their near and dear ones from far off lands. Through the letters, people started sharing their everyday stories, their happiness, their bitterness, their anger, their disappointment and all those feelings that they could reflect on the paper. Each and every corner of the world was getting connected like Snehamoy (from India) in Kunal Basu’s The Japanese Wife, who developed a connection with his Japanese pen friend, Miyagi. “He wrote about his college, his aunt and the river. When she wrote about her own river, Nakanokuchi, the words flowed” – Kunal Basu (The Japanese Wife).

With the invention of telephones, people from all across the world, were drawn even closer. Technology started advancing at a very fast pace. Various designs and models of phones came up. From telephones to landlines to mobile phones to the latest smart phones, technology has evolved a lot. Take a step back, pause, analyse. In this fast moving world, do people care to understand this evolution of technology or do they take it for granted? All these communication advancements came to bring people closer but in recent times, these same technologies have resulted in isolating people. Computers, laptops, television, radios and many more sorts of communication have in one way, no doubt helped the mankind but in the other, these have also separated them. Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”

On one hand, technology has linked the entire world and turned it into a small and well connected global market. On the other hand, we find people sitting with their phones and laptops for hours together. People in this age are busy making hundreds of virtual friends through mails, Facebook, and through other social networking sites. They love to stay within the four walls of their social networking sites aloof from the rest, far away from the real world. “If you’re happy in a dream, does it count?”- Arundhati Roy (The God of small things). The social media does provide a platform to forth one’s ideas and helps to reach out to a large number of audience but is that all? The new generation is suffering from “infobesity”. Is the fantastic social world of any help?

When technology started advancing, people only cared about its short term benefits but they failed to gauge the long term problems and penalties. The same technology which once, held people together and brought about harmony, it is that same technology now, which is pushing the people away from their families to some remote corners of the world. In this fast moving, tech savvy world, there is absolutely no time for hearty long conversations. Do joint families still exist? “A family that radiate togetherness; and indefinable, enviable kind of specialness” from Anne Tyler’s (A spool of Blue thread). Even the basis of life that is a family is at the verge of ending. Families are breaking away to form only workaholic individuals.

Nowadays people tend to solve everything by texting to their family and friends. While texting and messaging, people at times unintentionally hurt someone since through virtual texts or messaging, only the words are delivered not the emotions. Through these SMS (Short Message Service), people do not understand the intonation and the feelings. Standing at such a juncture, can we probably say that, technology is advancing and our human mind is progressing? It seems we are still in a dilemma. Time is passing by, communication has to be rebuilt before everything turns into a messy affair.

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”- Stephen Hawking. Way back in the year 1949, the first human made object had entered the then mysterious space. The object was Bumper WAC. Down the lane, we find Yuri Gagarin in 12th April, 1961 to be the first man to go to space. Following this historic moment was the space shuttle Columbia. This space shuttle was the first space orbiter of NASA (The National Aeronautics And Space Administration) which was sent on 12th April, 1981. From then on, the fanatic human minds never stopped to invent newer space launchers, satellites and various other space oriented gadgets. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”- Nelson Mandela. People went to moon, Neil Armstrong being the first man to walk on moon. That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind- Neil Armstrong. The entire solar system was discovered. Rovers were even sent to Mars to detect whether life can sustain there or not. It is said that the inventions of space launchers and rockets were considered to be one of the most important as well as the finest inventions of all time.

We have now entered the age of robots. The intelligent human minds have created robots to reduce their work load. Did the inventors even ponder for once about the aftermath of these inventions? In today’s world, unemployment is at it’s peak. People are pleading for jobs but alas!, even the minutest work in the factories are being mechanized. Will the robots ever understand this logic or are we basically heading to such an age where only the robots will walk on Earth and its inventors to be no where found? With the evolution of human mind, the technology has evolved as well. “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell”- Oscar Wilde (The Duchess of Padua). With every new invention popping up in the human mind, the world is turning into a divided state with people who are busy completing their petty works. How many more years do these people treading on the earth need to understand that with the increasing technology, the pristine virtues of a society is going down as well. “I have discovered with advancing years that few things are entirely black or white, but more often different shades of grey”- Jeffrey Archer (A Prisoner of Birth). It seems that, it might happen that if at all human co exist with the robots, then the human race will also have to act like robots. The human minds can also get chips fitted into their brains for storing large amounts of data. Through the scientific brains, the homo robots can also upload and download various files. This day is definitely not very far away when we will encounter such a scenario.

When on one side, technological advances are taking such long strides of achievement, the creators of it, that is the human mind is also trying hard to keep pace with it. Today, the society has grown very liberal. Earlier, women were snubbed but still they were courageous enough to voice out against all injustices like in the poem Still I rise by Maya Angelou –
“You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
However, now the scenario has totally changed. The men and women are working together. There is no work arena where women are not employed. Women have strived to be writers, astronauts, doctors, army officers and so on and so forth. The women have established themselves in all fields. Even after getting established, they still have not forgotten their duties as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives. Hence, still today the lines of William Wallace’s poem, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” are standing true.

The most dangerous inventions of the mankind has been the nuclear weapons. The discovery of the nuclear energy was no doubt a very big achievement but people have not yet learnt the art of taming this ferocious form of energy. The first nuclear explosion took place in Mexico in the year 1945. In 1945 itself, the violent nuclear bomb blasts occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Till date, the scientists could not find any concrete methods to combat the violence caused by the nuclear energy. Various conferences have been held to put a check on nuclear testing and at times a full check on these nuclear activities.

There was a time when the beauty of technology and the charisma of human mind were creating wonders. However, in today’s materialistic world, only technology matters, not the creative human mind. Where is the human mind lacking then? Is it that the inventors’ and his inventions’ frequencies do not match? It seems that this tech savvy world requires some changes. There’s always some room for improvisation, isn’t it ? It is time that the citizens of the Blue Planet come together to reconstruct the relationship of technology and the human mind in their lives.

Do you all remember, why at the very first place, human minds were toiling to bring about an era of technologies? It was because they wanted to make their work easier and in lesser time. Analyse the present situation. More the technology is getting advanced, we are getting even busier and we hardly have time. The biggest issue of today’s world is the scarcity of time. In this century, people want to lots of work at a very short span of time. They want to collect information very fast without even trying to digest them. With the accelerating technology, the human mind is also trying to accelerate its features by modifying the former ones. In the course of time, people want to live more and work more than they actually can, in that time span. Nowadays, everyone is getting familiar with the term digital bulimia. In this case, people try to gulp down more information than they actually can, this results in increasing new information in the minds. This state of receiving excess information leads to anxiety and stress. Once a boon to mankind, is becoming a bane which is sooner or later going to consume the entire world.

“The world keeps on changing, but there is always something, somewhere, that remains the same.”- Ruskin Bond. The humanity is still breathing beneath all the grandeur of technology. Technology has almost casted a magic spell. It is time, that we break through it. Technology has been created by us and it can be controlled by us only. Bend the willow when it is young. When new technologies get introduced that is when they will be in their initial stages, all the pros and cons of the respective technology should be found out before hand. The new generation should also be taught how to use technology and how to utilize their mind. The social world benefits a lot but it also harms several lives through the various cyber crimes.

Being modern does not only imply that an individual should use the latest technology rather it implies that the person should use the technology with a wiser mind. Technology when misused can be a deadly weapon. Therefore it is time, people understand the need of the hour and pay heed to the present condition. People should start shedding their social cocoon. Let’s be optimistic about technology. Recapitulating with the words of Rudyard Kipling’s If – “ And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’”