Wednesday, March 28, 2007

is there a way out?

I have led a very happy childhood. Its an understatement actually, I have led a dream childhood. When we came to baroda, I was just an 18 month old baby! My father worked in Indian oil corporation, and we came to stay in the refinery township, about 10 kms from baroda city. It was a very peaceful life, typical of any township belonging to a public sector company, with all the amenities, and facilities, for recreation, entertainment, as well as for the basic necessities of life. Ac occasional visit to baroda city was always very exciting, whether to watch a once-in-a-bluemoon movie, to shop and just roam around, or to visit some acquaintances.

School was fun, even walking the three quarters of a kilometer to school, and coming back in the noon, was fun. The houses were spacious and comfortable, and so was the entire layout of the township, with an ample overdose of flora and fauna. Whatever birds, and plants we used to read about, in the books, we had an opportunity to see them in and around our homes.

The other day when my son wanted to know what a babbler bird was, I took my bike, and took him, and we actually searched for a few babbler birds, as I wanted him to see what I had seen all my life, while we lived in the township.

Sadly, life has changed now. We have our own home in baroda city, located in a peaceful residential area, a comfortable home, with all facilities and amenities nearby. However, it bothers me, that life for my son, or kids in general isn’t the same anymore. Starting the day with a huge schoolbag, containing a load of books, and ending with shahrukh khan’s KBC trash, or some such meaningless program on the TV. It is not just the TV. It is everything put together. Its sickening to see kids being drawn into this whirlpool of marketing, money-making mania, and materialistic madness in general.

Every few days, we are shopping with our son, selecting a suitable return gift as he has to attend some birthday party. Kids today prefer lays, and kurkure, and cheese balls, not always because they like this stuff, but because it contains tiny kiddy gizmos. After school there is at least one coaching class to attend, reducing the time available to play. The other day I saw tiny tots doing ramp walking. A local tv channel had organized a beauty pageant!!

Fast food and ready to eat stuff has already taken over our lives. Movie stars, their affairs, and silly news about their weddings has further worsened it. Where are we exactly heading for. Doesn’t anyone feel like leaving the kids alone? I know some of you might not agree with my views here, fair enough! But those who agree with me, do you see a way out?

7 comments:

SAWALGURU said...

yes,,u r right,,,now there are computer games,video games instead of playground games....

comedy shows instead of dada-dadi ki kahaniyan

Aditi said...

the things have probably changed and they are still going to change, actually, on the way to modernise ourselves, we've started imitating west, mnc's therefore don't leave anything to chance, to take out everything's from your pocket, these junk foods, pizza, burger, chips are need of th day for our children, probably every coming generation will not be able to enjoy what their fathers or forefathers did, like fresh air, nature's beauty...

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Aditi said...

i've joined moneycosmos, but has not still worked on it, what should i do... start referring it by my id?

donkey said...

change is constant and we can't stop this from happening (as i've discussed/written earlier).

given a chance SOME of us prefer to go back in time, but one thing am happy about this advancement is that one day our future generation will identify the real source of life, which you and me though interested to know are unable to do !!!

my post on ET at ibibo has some relevance to this comment.

chhavi said...

i agree with u completly.... but will it be right just to say that r kids r being spoiled, i beleive the mentality of the entire society is changing and unfortunately at a very fast pace ...now the parents feel that if their kids go to a happening school or have branded clothes to wear, or their kids get what they even before they ask for it...... they can label themselves as great parents... was that what r parents believed ..... no they didn't they always believed that it is their responsibility as parents to help their kid realise what is right or wrong .... but honestly the defination of right or wrong has also changed... we as parents set examples that make r kid understand that this acceptable , becoz r parents do it... then y do we blame r kids.. if a trash like KBC will not have TRP it will not be able to sustain .... becoz we watch crap we r loaded with more and more of it....i don't know whether i am rite or not... but i personally feel the way out is to look within urself... to correct urself first and then expect ur kids to follow it.. to take interst in out door sports, reading, painting.... then complain about r kids not being active... the society is what we r.. so we need to change as individuals to expect things around us to change..... n u know what i really don't want abhishek to marry aish n u know y???????? neways ur post as usual was great.keep it up!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you inktank! Its materialistic madness n its deeply rooted already for it to be uprooted! Miss life at its natural pace !!