Gen­er­a­tion of gad­gets

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

M. OSAMA SAEED Karachi, the city of lights, has been and con­tin­ues to be the abode of an un­count­able num­ber of peo­ple. The city that I would gen­er­ally la­bel as the New York of Pak­istan, with the peo­ple in­hab­it­ing in it from all the cul­tures, make it a mul­ti­cul­tural piece of land on the sur­face of Pak­istan. The Arabian Sea fac­ing the city has seen thou­sands of gen­er­a­tions. But the city has seen peo­ple roam­ing around in sus­penders and bows to peo­ple in ties. Peo­ple from fit­ted jeans to bag­gie pants and to fit­ted jeans again. A lot of fash­ion evo­lu­tion and a lot of hu­man evo­lu­tion have hap­pened here.

Back in the days, the only time for a fam­ily to talk their hearts out was the dinner time when they all could sit to­gether at home and share their day. And now, well, most of us aren’t even home by din­ner­time and talk­ing about “talk­ing their hearts out” is like go­ing back in time­line, which we gen­er­ally call history and history only ex­ists in books.

On the south of the city, at dinner hour, my mother called me out of my room to spend a lit­tle time with fam­ily and have dinner with them - a night at which I was home on time. While hav­ing dinner, my dad started talk­ing. And then came his sig­na­ture di­a­logue, “in our days..”. Hence I couldn’t help but won­der were the times they were liv­ing in bet­ter than the times of our lives?”

No two gen­er­a­tions can be com­pared. Back in the days, we had no gad­gets. Now our lives de­pend on them. I am not say­ing it is good. But it is mak­ing our lives easy. Ac­cord­ing to the gen­er­a­tion be­fore us, we would rather live the lives they have al­ready lived and in that case, what’s the point of go­ing into the future? If we won’t em­brace the gad­gets that are be­ing thrown upon us, how would we move into the future? —Via email

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