Sunday, 22 September 2013

Frugal on Gadgetry!

Long before the present times, India was a land comprising of Luddites and jabbers who found nothing to gape on technology but were happy to live in their own closets with their own reveries. And to careen this aplomb and bring about a change to the way people perceive technology and its wonderful manifestations, came the television. Irrespective of the paucity of television programs, people bought TVs just because they saw one in their neighbor's living room and although there wasn't much to savor apart from Krishi Darshan to whom not a lot of urbane crowds could have related to, they still relished the amazement of watching a remote field come alive. The world has seen a plethora of technological revolutions in the past 50 or so years and palpably Indians have largely being receptive of them. There lies a section of nobles who can acquire any gadget at the snap of their fingers, courtesy of the opulence which was either endowed to them or because they were worthy enough to garner it. Then there lies a section which can still manage to buy a gadget by making the requisite arrangements via connivance or deception but is a little too apprehensive to indulge in these heinous and odious acts to acquire the capital. And finally, we have a category which is still content with what it has and would be the least likely of candidates to go for a gadget and then smolder every single time it falls or gets a scratch. I'm concerned about the second category to which I myself belong.

I have never tried to be a poseur of resurgence or never tried to be a renegade but as it turns out, I always find myself in a category which not a lot of people would even consider to exist. Whatever it may be, I consider it my utmost responsibility to unveil the mysterious presence of this sect and promulgate it to the rest of the world. So we as a community of a modicum of people, aren't really the kind of gadget critics you find on other weblogs and television channels and internet communities, but we still have something smothering us and keeping us from truly accepting these gadgets. We simply do not allow ourselves to be as pliable as others when it comes to allowing the cherubic devices with demoniac price tags to dominate our thought process. We seem a little plaintive with our outdated gadgets and are even considered supercilious and outcasts, but in reality, we are vehemently scrutinizing the veracity of these devices, their applicability in our case and their price tags before giving them a nod. So we are often lost in a stage where we are giving due consideration to going for a gadget but are at the same point of time making sure that the device is not one which makes you cast aspersions on the device company for the rest of your lives. The bottom line is, we consume a little too much time in this thought process and you know what happens by the time we've subsided the vacillation and have zeroed in on say, buying a gadget. It's already outdated.

So, as it turns out, we are not able to parry the trade off between our craving for meticulous cost benefit analysis and the rapidly evolving technologies. Now given the fact that some of the gadgets have become a desiderata of our lives, we just have to get a version of theirs no matter how specious it seems. We acquire a version which does not have the appeal of the high end products which we were giving a thought to buy but the version is viable enough to suffice for the originally intended purpose. What is palpable, of course, is that we are a little too parsimonious and niggardly in the way we look at gadgets. This is where the stereotypical superciliousness gets associated with us. We further exacerbate the situation by tarrying on to these devices because we simply get a little too associated with them. Moreover, these devices serve our primordial purpose as long as we haven't really made up our minds. What ensues is a vicious cycle where we are stuck between deciding upon devices, buying a device that pays off for the time being, and then consider buying the device from the next suite of gadgets, and we eventually end up buying another ad hoc device to keep us going. This phenomenon which resides because of some lobe in the brain which has an avidity for quibbling can be aptly termed as hyberpecugadgetrybudgetryovershooteryphobia and suitable references to the same could be found on the roads where there is only one person whose gadget looks different from the rest who are walking along with him. Eventually these guys end up in the first or the third segment and their existence in their original segment is largely dependent on their experiences during being in that phase. Some guys make enough money to buy a new house or a Mini Cooper whereas others get enough to spend on 2 more girl friends. However, some others do not have that memorable experiences because they are literally scowled and gloated upon by others for not adhering to what are considered as sacrosanct social norms. The segments maintain their percentages and even though perpetrators of massive ad agencies who are hired to market these high end products try to ripe off our segment via a massive advertising genocide, they fail to consider the fact that the world will always have its dose of rebellions and rebels go down but never go down without a good fight. There's no fate but what we make!

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