How traveling solo for five days without using technology shaped my perspectives.

Use and abuse of technology


As much as I use technology, I despise it too. It was just two and a half years ago, I got myself a smartphone  and came on  whatsapp. (Well, some of my friends were so fed up with me and one of them even wanted to gift me a smart-phone because he probably knew I would not buy one myself)

But those were the days of the past. I have been using and abusing different means of technology. Now, I can say that I am a whatsapp and Facebook addict. I need my phone with me and I may suffer from nomophobia- the fear of loosing or not having my phone with me.

Smartphones

@mariascrivan

Good old days without a mobile


But hey! Once upon a time, I did not have a phone. I was able to manage things well. People were able to communicate with me.  I had real friends and meaningful conversations with them than the virtual world. I was happier than as well. And thus, as a personal experimentation, I wanted to disconnect myself with a mobile phone, laptop and a camera and re connect with self. Continue reading How traveling solo for five days without using technology shaped my perspectives.

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One festival. Different legends. Different states. Diwali.

One festival. One country. Different legends. Different states. Diwali. The festival of lights.

While elsewhere in the country, Diwali is celebrated by welcoming the goddess of wealth and celebrating Lord’s Rama’s home coming  after winning the battle in Lanka, Diwali has many legends attached to it.

I have my reservations attached to some of the legends as Ramayana portrayed Sita-a woman who was considered an epitome of sacrifice. If you look at mythology, the role of woman is shown as a giver, nurturer. These are then re-instated in our society and become norms, values and our beliefs.  A good woman is one who sacrifices. So in other words, a bad woman is one who lives her life according to her own whim?

I am not questioning the Ramayana, but I have a problem with the way women are portrayed in it. Continue reading One festival. Different legends. Different states. Diwali.