The Pur­suit of Ap­pi­ness

From vir­tual kiss­ing to gui­tar tun­ing, smart­phones are mak­ing it eas­ier for ur­ban In­di­ans to live, work and play.

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Age of the Apps

The cover story has brought into fo­cus how the mo­bile rev­o­lu­tion is touch­ing ev­ery walk of life from child­hood to old age. The con­trol is within one’s palm. Mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions and its upgra­da­tions seem to be fas­ci­nat­ing and vir­tu­ally end­less (“Planet of the Apps”, July 23). There is no telling on the fu­ture uses of the mo­bile phone that are to un­fold. The per­sonal com­puter and mo­bile phone is wit­ness­ing an era of per­pet­ual in­no­va­tion, to which the new gen­er­a­tion is at­tracted. Apps surely im­prove and en­hance the qual­ity of our life, but there is a need to draw a line. One must re­alise that life doesn’t be­gin or end with elec­tronic gad­gets. One has to be care­ful about the ‘ other’ side of mo­bile apps. K. V. RAGHU­RAM, Wayanad

‘‘ It’s not about re­liance on tech­nol­ogy but about learn­ing from it. It’s our gen­er­a­tion’s stamp on his­tory.‘‘

RA­JIV SEN , Kolkata

Trendy, user- friendly mo­bile apps are fas­ci­nat­ing. Un­doubt­edly, they are ush­er­ing in a rev­o­lu­tion in the dig­i­tal world and, thus, en­rich­ing our lives in a multi- faceted man­ner. Apart from per­sonal use, can we imag­ine to­day’s apps serv­ing as a bea­con for fur­ther in­no­va­tion by con­tribut­ing to­wards the na­tional cause? Fic­tional or pre­pos­ter­ous one may call, in­vent­ing apps for de­vis­ing na­tional poli­cies, re­duc­ing dis­par­ity be­tween rich and poor or a smart app oper­at­ing ef­fec­tively in the sys­tem to hunt scams are just few ex­am­ples. Evolv­ing but en­abling apps can as­sist the na­tion pur­pose­fully. SAN­JIV GUPTA, Aus­tralia In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy has been un­der­go­ing a seachange ever since its in­cep­tion. All the in­for­ma­tion one looks for is avail­able at

the click of a but­ton fixed on a palm- sized gad­get like a smart­phone or a tablet. Now lame ex­cuses like lack of avail­abil­ity of in­for­ma­tion can’t pass for lack of ef­fort on the part of a per­son. If you can put in your best ef­forts, sky is the limit of what one can achieve. V. K. TAN­GRI, Dehradun

Siege Within

The story has ex­posed how Man­mo­han Singh failed to in­spire his peo­ple, guide them and ex­tract the best out of them (“Men Who Failed Man­mo­han Singh”, July 23). He has avoided tak­ing any strong eco­nomic mea­sures as a prime min­is­ter. Suf­fer­ing from nu­mer­ous hand­i­caps of gov­er­nance, he is un­able to de­liver the re­sults he is ca­pa­ble of. How­ever, he is still the best bet for UPA pro­vided he is sup­ported in his ef­forts by his team. RO­HINI MALEKAR, Pune A per­son who has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing af­ter 1.2 bil­lion peo­ple of In­dia can­not be seen be­ing sub­jected to arm- twist­ing and em­bar­rassed by his Cab­i­net col­leagues. Singh comes across as a man who has lost his way. At a time when the eco­nomic growth rate shows a pre­cip­i­tate de­cline, an acute pol­icy paral­y­sis makes mat­ters worse. There is a com­plete ab­sence of di­rec­tion. There is in­dis­ci­pline in the UPA ranks. The al­lies have been act­ing in a way­ward fash- ion and all too of­ten de­mand­ing their pound of flesh. The mem­bers of the Cab­i­net have not been pulling to­gether. Hardly a day passes with­out a se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial scam hit­ting the me­dia head­lines. KUSUM VATS, Ban­ga­lore Mayawati is get­ting ready to up­stage Sa­ma­jwadi Party ( SP) in the next gen­eral elec­tions (“Mayawati Plans Re­vival”, July 23). She is go­ing to en­cash the weak­nesses dis­played by the rul­ing party in the days to come. If the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in Ut­tar Pradesh con­tin­ues to de­te­ri­o­rate, SP will lose the golden op­por­tu­nity pro­vided to it on a plat­ter by the peo­ple. RO­HIT NIGAM, San­gli

Gear­ing Up

Trans­parency Must

It is high time that tem­ple com­mit­tees across the coun­try are made more ac­count­able through leg­isla­tive amend­ments of the rel­e­vant act (“Tem­ple of Boon”, July 23). These com­mit­tees sit on heavy cash and do not like to be ques­tioned on ac­count­abil­ity in the guise of be­ing au­ton­o­mous trusts, de­spite al­le­ga­tions of mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of ‘ pub­lic funds’. Andhra Pradesh’s En­dow­ment Min­is­ter C. Ram­chandra­iah is spot on in try­ing to rope in CAG to scru­ti­nise the ac­counts books of Tiru­mala Tiru­pati Dev­asthanams. AN­JUM M. SAMEL, Mum­bai

Ecol­ogy in Dan­ger

The Kar­nataka gov­ern­ment is re­ject­ing UNESCO’s her­itage tag for the Western Ghats ( States Vote for Growth”, July 23). It is strange that the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry has set up an­other com­mit­tee to re­view the re­port of the Western Ghats Ecol­ogy Ex­pert Panel. It seems that the is­sue has be­come mired in power pol­i­tics. Western Ghats are eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive, and there­fore, min­ing and pol­lut­ing in­dus­tries need to be stopped. The at­tempts to de­stroy our great trea­sure should be avoided at any cost. PRAKHAR, www. in­to­day. com

Happy End­ing

The un­likely mat­ing of a strong pa­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety ( Haryana) to an equally strong ma­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety ( Ker­ala) is pleas­antly ironic to see (“North Meets South for a Hap­pily Ever Af­ter”, July 23). For an area where pan­chay­ats rule supreme with their ortho­dox ways, it is heart­en­ing to see cross- cul­tural marriages be­ing en­cour­aged. Per­haps the only good thing to come out of the vile prac­tices that have caused such an im­bal­anced sex ra­tio in Haryana is this blend of south­ern and north­ern fa­mil­ial ties. This is an in­ter­est­ing di­chotomy that raises hope for a fully united In­dia some­day, un­ob­structed by strong re­gional iden­ti­ties. BHASKAR TANEJA, Delhi

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