=When I was preparing for Civil Services exam, internet was not popular. Much of my study was through books. Civil Services exam is a highly competitive but subjective process. Many times, good books determined who got selected. In Hyderabad, where I lived then, even the best libraries did not have the prescribed books. These books were however available in Delhi libraries. JNU students, no wonder, used to be most successful.
If internet was available freely, it would have been a great equalizer. One in Hyderabad can get as equipped as the other in Delhi.
=For ages, Lata and Asha dominated playback singing in Bollywood. SP dominated playback singing in South Indian films. While they were extremely talented, it was also wrong to think that there was no other talent. Come TV and the Sa Re Ga Ma type of shows, selections become democratic. Shreya and many such others get opportunities. We get to listen to good variety.
=Father, Brother, Sister, Mother, Wife, Husband - all used to go out to office or shopping or travel out of town. There was no way to know where they were, what they were doing till they reached the destination and found a telephone to let us know. Many times, telegrams or inland letters were used as well.
Come mobile phones, and then so much relief. We get to know the where- and what -abouts of our loved ones instantaneously. If I felt a strong emotion, I need not get home to share it. I could call and share there and then.
I don't have this feeling of old is gold and don't generally like to sulk in nostalgia of times and things old. I love the modern life.
PS: Views. Life.