Sunday, October 5, 2014

Life ...

Gleaming moon.
Murky odor.
Whispering wind.
Hair flowing.
Questioning night.
Random thoughts.
Magnificent sky.
Repositioning clouds.
Ecstatic peace.
Ageless world.
Transient earthlings.
Experiences many.
Miracle, indeed! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Regulating Social Media - a bane or boon!

Social media is the means of communication to a larger audience by any person, which seemed to be nearly impossible before the digital invention. Besides computers and laptops, social media is even more accessible than ever with affordable smartphones today. It has taken over the lives of many to such an extent that today it is a ritualistic everyday routine to be networking on social media sites of which the most common being facebook, twitter, google+, linkedin, and instagram. People also share information via blogging on popular portals like blogger, wordpress, tumblr, wix, and typepad.


On the positive aspect, social media sites are opportune to people who wish to gain or share information/experiences with like-minds globally. The digital world facilitates materials in the form of words, pictures or videos to flow, access, transfer, influence and even receives feedbacks from various populaces who may agree with the views shared or may propose a different perspective. While some make the information open to public to read or share with others; there are some who choose to maintain privacy and limit them only to fellow friends, family, or co-workers. It is all about making personal choices what to share, with whom and why. Most resolutely, it acts as a promising medium for the societies, whether groups, organizations or as individuals, to practice our fundamental right -- ‘freedom of speech’. But every freedom has restrictions and comes with certain responsibilities. Just as every coin has two sides to it, so does in this context. Given the movement in the technological changes occurring today, there are people who intent to misuse the information shared by various individuals or groups; such as morphed photographs, spreading mms videos, causing disrepute, etc. As per a study and research conducted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB), there are over 66 million users of social media in India alone. This makes it quiet difficult to control and monitor the behaviors of many who abuse the rights given to them. To add to this paradox, commonly used social media sites such as facebook and twitter do not have editors. Regulating the mass on social media sites would be quiet a task at hand. Regulation, in general, would fall under a grey area as it is aimed for a select group or individuals who may or may not be identified. Furthermore, regulating social media will hurdle creative and unique ideas that social media may concoct to the advancement of the society. There also may raise a question -- whether all will be treated equally or will there be any leniency towards the known bigwigs. Thus, on one hand where, social media can benefit the welfares of fellow beings; it can also cause tribulations for many by unscrupulous folks. In the digital world, it is all about an individual’s attitude; an individual responsibility to understand and act with certain morality and sensitivity needed in communicating with people.

Apart from the many reasons defining the success, the one major fortitude is that social media portals create a platform for all people to interact equally; irrespective of gender, class and religion. This is the zenith function of any networking sites today. Bequeathing regulations to the concerned authorities would mean that regulations should also be equal -- Whether personages or common man, all rules and law apply equally to one and all. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dark Matter

(Image taken using the new Google Maps)

I, Ruler of the universe.

Architect of energy, space and time;

Planets, stars, galaxies and all that sublime.

But listen to these descendants of my might,

The earthlings, creatures of shady tatters,

In vain, label me Dark Matter!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Language of Social Media

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Two people chatting online:

Mona: hi
Lisa: hi hru
Mona: gud n u
Lisa: grt
Mona: u bz?
Lisa: no … wassup
Mona: u free this sat? party @ ma place :)…wanna come?
Lisa: wooowww sureee …
Mona: grt c u den
Lisa: k ttyl
Mona: ttyl

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Formal email from Y to the office group:

Hi ppl,

Does any1 have a pic of a laptop w/ buks around it in ur database? Kindly, pls email it to me asap.

Waiting eagerly,
Y
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Interesting, isn’t it? It’s almost like people talk in code words in this day and age -- be it within office or outside environment. When Internet gave birth to social media, it not only revolutionized technology and people but altered the very language we speak. Though technology is a boon today, it does have side effects which we will bear for a very long time to come.

Today, people converse in codes such as ASAP (pronounced as ‘a-sap’ meaning As Soon As Possible), brb (meaning Be Right Back), etc. But there was a time when language was given utmost importance. Let us take Shakespeare for instance.
"He that filches from me my good name, robs me of that which not enriches him, but makes me poor indeed."
-- From Othello by William Shakespeare

His works are still taught in institutions worldwide; his writing styles are still admired by scholars; his literature and life is being researched for numerous purposes to-date and many more ages to come; and that is the impact of William Shakespeare’s masterwork on several people.

However, with the given history of mankind, surely CHANGE is the way of LIFE. But we definitely need to learn to control or balance at least this aspect of change, so that we can value and cherish the language of antiquity that our ancestors have given meaning, importance and moreover, achieved over an exceptionally long period of time.

4 all u boys n gals out der, just an fyi … :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Son My Love

What is it that you search for,
Hither and thither,
For I’m here.

Those wandering eyes gleaming with dew,
Speaks a thousand words,
For I’m here.

Turn around and see me, my love!
Don't you see the aura around,
For I’m here.

Without you, my life's incomplete, you say;
My darling, for this makes my soul sink,
For I’m here.

Your life has just begun my son,
Guiding you I shall ever do,
For I’m here.

Today, it is the tenth year my sweetheart,
That we have been apart,
Promise you I cannot that you will see me,
But in the next life time -- you my son and I your mother for sure will be.