Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The wor(L)d is instant

With the Gen-X genes growing rapidly in the human race, our terms of living and hence our definition of happiness seems to have been drastically upgraded. Yes you read it right - it’s been DRASTICALLY upgraded. And I say so because I believe that unlike an upgraded - "new and improved" version of most products... the definition that we live by today, certainly doesn’t fall in the "IMROVED" category by any means.

Oh! U must have got irritated by now cuz I still haven’t told you what I am talking about. I am sorry I offended your instant gratification cells.

Actually, this is exactly what I am talking about... no offence meant to any one but just my way of making the point - that we live in the world that literally thrives on the word "INSTANT".
Take up anything that’s a major part of a human beings day to day life and you will find it right there in your face.

- FOOD - Ah! I am hungry rite NOW... not an HOUR from now... no patience to go look for a healthier option so better do with the Junk. QUICK!
- Knowledge - Google it, what’s the point going to the library when it’s all on my desktop... RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!!
- TV/Radio - gone are the days when one would move their butt around to tune and change the TV or Radio channel... now we have a remote control even for a car music player... And guess what, it’s fitted right on my steering wheel... WOOHA!!! No need even to move the hand now, forget about the butt!!!
- Communication - we call it email vs. snail mail... nah, SMS rules...
- Sex - whatever happened to romance and foreplay... it’s all been reduced to instant hit ...Wham Bam Thank you mam!!!

And that’s just not it, most people - just graduating, instantly want everything their parents and grandparents have ... I believe its ok till the time one aspires to have the same amount of money or lifestyle, or the assets... in fact its pretty natural. But it’s hard to digest when they want to compete with the same amount of experience and respect that the old bunch has worked a lifetime to acquire.

And I am not discounting myself from any of these useless and addictive ways of life... More often than not, even I Want it ALL - Right here right now (except for romance u know... I am just that eternal mush pot!!! Hard to agree Fali but u have always been rite about it while I have always been denying it :D)

All I wish is that the Gen-X (INCLUDING ME) can do away with our ways of overindulging in activities with immediate rewards, lest we succumb to the adverse effects of the associated delayed costs and end up regretting.

posted by Heart'n'Soul at 7:46 PM


very true...but i have learned a lesson in blogging :) That everything is not instant :) I mean when i started out as a kid 2 years back, i thought a lot of people will read me,but well i learned that if you can spend time,then true people will always come to you :)

Lol,I prefer calling people,SMS is too slow for me :P As for eating junk,i don't like much of junk.My friends make fun of me,when i say i won't eat here or there,cause they don't look like a clean place,,,and i don't have any aerated drinks either :P

November 4, 2008 at 9:44 PM  

@Vishesh = look like sum1s already on track man... way to go... u r my INSPIRATION now... YAYEEEEEE!!!

now tell me how to lose some weight n age too...hahahah

November 4, 2008 at 9:52 PM  

Life is a water.. it either remains stagnant, runing or just get too cold. That why they need different seasons to encourage themselves to migrate just as our minds:))) Complicated huh....

November 4, 2008 at 11:47 PM  

Sab upar se nikal gaya ;)
Yep we are different! (And these days I am struggling to figure out is this instant thing for good or bad)

November 5, 2008 at 4:14 AM  

A very thoughtful post from u Div. I loved it. Cos I hv observed this rather heavy INSTANT indulgence in the Gen-X too. Its like a disease thats spreading rapidly...everyone wants everything at the tip of their nose and very fast too! Its appalling that the present youth lives in a speedy materialistic world...Im actually sick of seeing all that. But at the same time, Im glad I hvnt brushed up on it either!



November 5, 2008 at 5:29 AM  

Hmmm... most of them are like that.. its a pity...

but hey... am living it the normal way :)

take care mate.. cheers...

November 5, 2008 at 8:45 AM  


Have to say I liked that line "Wham Bam Thank you mam!!!" :D
Made me laugh!

It's sad how we all look for instant plaesures in life now. "Waiting" can be tough, but it sure is sweet :)

Lovely post as always dear!

November 5, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

Play is also rare.

November 5, 2008 at 12:20 PM  

Well..its a rat race...nd shamefully m also part of it..but i think if u achieve sumthing after some hard work..nd some time...u value it more than the instant one...

**But it’s hard to digest when they want to compete with the same amount of experience and respect that the old bunch has worked a lifetime to acquire.**

Very valid point!

Good one :)

November 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

I totally-eternally-absolutely believe each and every word on this post babe !!!!

We've become savvy we like to believe...but look at what we've become in real..sigh...

Kudos girl !

November 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM  

Yes you are right. we have become Impatient. We need everything in right now right here way. I think this is the price we are paying by becomg more n more dependant on Technology.
We have are in hurry every time. May be it just a state of mind.

Very nice posting.

November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

this post in an instant hit with me did :)
yeahhhh. fast food, fast cars n fast sex is what we're dominated by.. instant gratification is like a stupid karmic web that further emphasises how lazy n stupid our butts n brains are..

the only things we prob dun hgave instant access to are real love and true happiness--> here's where most of us have problems, n thank gos, theres no instant gratification for these, cos if we did, we could neevr really appreciate their true nature.. :)

November 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM  

Behaviour based on immediate rewards, in the long run, only fails. But like everything, this instant thing has its advantages also. Googling is the knowledge now. No one cares whether you know, all you need to know is how to google it out. This blog itself is a version of instant, right? Making friends on an instant, acquaintances, virtual life, what ever...
anyway nice post :)

November 5, 2008 at 8:25 PM  

Great point there... I guess, change sustains life. And civilisation.

Now that you have said it, I think we are all addicted to the pleasures (sometimes pains, if we know) of INSTANT.

November 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM  

ha well to kick the fat,what i do is simple,eat as much as i want but exercise(or play in my case) even more :)

As for age,come one,you will always be a child within :)

November 6, 2008 at 5:03 PM  

so valid points all of them ..!!
but i guess we can only blame it own the competition and the advancements in the society ...!!

WORLD is coming to an end ..and if not world then at least one category of it for sure ;)

November 6, 2008 at 7:38 PM  

Woww...that was a wonderful thoughtful post...Really liked ur blogs...Write more often..will ya?

(an univited guest always- toonfactory)

November 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM  


To the point, most importantly, your acerbit wit makes the read interesting.

Instant mashed potatoes, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cupid—good but they really can teach patience?

Kaash, we really could understand the difference between “Pleasure” & “Happiness.”

You know, bcoz of this, we are losing the ability to count down before we blast off :-)


November 7, 2008 at 3:44 PM  

Thought provoking... Tell you what.

In the Reliance Fresh store close by, they were giving instant potato mash packets free. Now, no hiding truth- aloo me favourite. :) Now... I was wondering... Mom takes so much pain to peel, cut and cook vegetables. Andnow, lo- all mashed and ready... Something was afloat inside my gray cells... Hard to describe... Are we 'progressing' that fast? I mean... Kinda weird...

But yeah, I gotta agree with each and every word that u have said... We must learn that patience is virtue.


November 8, 2008 at 11:28 PM  

Hmmm. This is also one of the reasons why more people go into employment rather than start on their own using their skills and talents. Bcoz in the latter you may have to wait for some time before you get the rewards, whereas in the former, instant rewards, before month end, salary is credited to the bank account

November 10, 2008 at 7:08 AM  

m always right :P
he he

November 10, 2008 at 7:52 PM  

Hi there,

Amazingly put across. It's so true that we all are constantly running, having no time to stop and smell the roses so to speak. Everything is instant from coffee to knowledge as you said. The only thing that remains complicated to this day is relationships and that too becoz now a days no one wants to make the effort. Instant gratification is the mantra, which falls short in expectations...

It's just plain sad.

Cheers to you though, for recognizing these danger signs !


November 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM  

thing is.. when you upgrade (or are upgraded automatically due to the virtue of being born in a recent generation), the older version is not even an option anymore - for most things..

November 10, 2008 at 10:38 PM  

Miss ya..


November 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM  

@Sachi - well instant is not always bad, but most often thn not its not good
we seem to forgett that whn the returns r recieved too soon, not only they lose thr value n meaning but also we tend to over look the not so good after effects

@Keshi - ah m glad sum1 undrstnds n has made a decision to not follow it just cuz we all do

@arv - good for you thn :)

November 13, 2008 at 6:13 PM  

@Warmsunshine - so true, like i said to sachi - rewards hold far more value when they r recieved on time.

@Hobo - how u been man :)

@Prakhar - but tht value is short lived n so is the contentment

@Cindy - thnks girl, glad u liked it

November 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM  

@Sandy - state of mind - it is my frind... so very true

@Jane - instant hit...LOL... instant love also wudnt be that great my friend... thrs a certain sweetness in the reward on the rite time... usse pehle or uske baad - not the same :)

@Aneesh - hahaha, you contradict it n u like it too... i like it.. :P

November 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM  

@Kulpreet - change, yes but shud be positive is nt it?

@Vishesh - lol, wt was his about?

@Peter - **and if not world then at least one category of it for sure ;)
hahahahaha... good one

@Toonfactory - thnks, glad uliked it... just updated to u r welcome :)

November 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM  

@Roy - thnks roy, i don think i write tht great but i shall bel u for a change :)

@Kartz - mash potatoes at reliance can never beat mom's effort n the taste now... rite?

@Suresh - now i don pretty much agree, a salaried person also works all month to get that salary in thr account... don they?

November 13, 2008 at 6:14 PM  

@Fali - ya man, i m n ot refuting ya anymore :P

@Adisha - hey welcome here and glad u liked it :)

@Vinesh - in this case i think its just an option tht we don wanna use for various valid n invalid reason... but really, it still as an option :)

@Keshi - miss ya too gal... but m back

November 13, 2008 at 6:15 PM  

infact i was just discussing this with a friend the other day. About a lot of things I'd like to do, but which require a hell lot of time and effort for it get me any result.
So, I stick to whatever everyone else is doing which gives me instant success. Its just that I dont want to end up being a loser running aftr things which will take a long time to know if it'll materialise or not!
The virtue which we are losing of late is 'patience' n this 'instant' ways fit the bill soo damn well!

November 20, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

A much needed post for all of us.Gone are those times when we could sit back and wait,we are just pushed into making things happen even if we don't want to rush,all cause of external pressures.Not to mention,the adverse effects this stress has on health.What a mess!

November 26, 2008 at 4:28 PM  

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