Rewind To Fast Forward: Walking Down The Friendship Lane
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
- C. S. Lewis
Come to think of it, the underlying idea here is quite right. On its own, it hardly means anything, but gives meaning to life and some of its most crucial relationships. That's friendship.
There's lot to be said, and yet, whatever said remains insufficient. With time, a lot has changed – from the way we celebrate Friendship's Day to the way we meet and greet friends. This Friendship's Day, we walk down the yesteryear lanes and reminisce some of the memories and see how these changes have affected our lives, for good.
Keeping connected with buddies? Who doesn't want to? But exactly how easy was it in the yore?
If we think about the period around the 1980s, forget mobile phones, even the old vintage telephones with the rotary dial were exquisitely rare. In 1990s, we had emails as the modern means of communication and that too was not a sure-shot way of keeping connected with your friends or family, mainly because of the not-so-easy availability of internet connection. Bring in to the picture – technology. Voila! Life's changed.
With Skype and WhatsApp, and the zillion other apps on the phone and computer, there is hardly any corner of the world you couldn't reach in order to drop a ‘hi' to your best buddy. With Facebook and other social networking sites, the world just got closer and friends only a ‘ping' away. Talking to your friend in Norway or China is as feasible as walking in the next door and saying ‘hello'.
Making Group Plans
Earlier, making group plans to meet over a dinner meant investing (a) lot of time and (b) lot of money,
thus making several rounds of calls to individual people. And God save you, if there's a last minute change and you had to scrap the plan. Bring into the picture – the tedious task again. Phew!
Today, all you need to do is ‘Create a Group' on WhatsApp and there! All your friends in one place and the message is conveyed. Yes, just one lazy click and you are sorted. Could it be any easier?
Exchange Of Ideas And Opinions
On your honeymoon, you can't wait to share the beautiful pictures with your friends back home. Equally eager and curious are they. But know what that meant 50 years ago? Inviting friends over for tea and sharing a hefty album with pages and pages to turn over, consuming hours. Gosh!
All that pain is just so washed away. You are at a scintillating beach in the Maldives? Just click a picture, send it across on WhatsApp or attach it on Google Hangout and enjoy the moment with your friends.
That's just how easy staying connected with your friends has become.
Life's become easier, but something else that has heaved a sigh of relief is the relationship called Friendship. Friends no longer have to wait for years before they can see, hug, high five their best buds. Video-calling and audio-calling has wiped out all boundaries and we are only immensely thankful.
Friendships in the yesteryears meant lot of efforts with little consolation or relief. This has just become tonnes easier with friends just a call or message away. You don't lose out on friends because of distance. You rather stay more connected, are in the midst of things while enjoying life to the fullest. After all, what's life without friends? Reminds me of a telecom giant's campaign slogan –
"Kyunki Har Ek Friend Zaruri Hota Hai!"