FLASH

We are all in a bus riding, but without a map. Maybe this is how I picture my future, but I still feel okay. We are all taught to dream big and run for the bigger. We are all manufactured to hold the handle tight, because this roller coaster is not fun. But, why are we so stuck to the light of a lamp, the waves coming onto our feet, the sunshine peeking through the window, these are not as big as the names suggest? This is randomness found everywhere.

I was in my blanket sipping the hot coffee, listening to some old bolly with my writing pad beside and all this week my phone was full of snaps of beaches, hills and sunsets. My old school friend shared a picture when we were in 8th standard, the faces seemed in need of some nutrition, but at least this brought the dead group to life. As soon as the conversations turned to aspirations, I heard my mom calling, which out of nowhere scared me. Life thumped hard at times, and it will; only it depends that how hard you can let it hit you.

There I saw some street dogs, drinking milk, and my friend sent me a click, birds drinking from the puddle and we all save pictures from our Facebook feed which are randomly beautiful. How fun it is to watch our friend dancing weirdly or that sound when the whole group burst into laughter after you crack a joke. I can remember my last trip, just stars and the moon, cold weather and walking, I couldn’t capture anything in my phone; I didn’t want to, that effort of putting hands inside my pockets, taking out the phone and opening the camera. Lying under the stars-filled blanket was way too easier.

Last week my mother guffawed at those creative Snapchat filters, while we were trying to take a selfie. My dad sends me “good-morning” texts, expects me to have a wonderful day which off course can’t happen but reading them after a sick routine makes it a little better. My little cousin was trying to teach her grandmother how to use an Ipad, and her questions were portrayed in winsome way.  I love my weekends, and those residing in PGs and hostels love holidays, because the empty tea cups on the table and everyone away from their virtual screens is a day complete in itself.

Is there anything better than the late night walks when there’s a volcano erupting inside your heart or the same volcano inside your stomach gets you to late nigh munchies? The chocolate bites while sharing, or last sip of the water bottle? I am walking through all the moments which I can’t express but can only recite. The feelings which we all get sitting beside a river bank are not contained just in those big goals but are hidden under the cover of randomness.

All that randomness, you can derive from these little snaps, flash.  All you need to do is to not stare at your phone screens while waiting for the metro, budge for some passengers’ expressions, do not feel awkward to smile first or smile back, budge to make someone happier, do not miss out your family jokes because they can be the funniest, initiate hugs or help your mom in the kitchen and do not miss on the stars behind the phone screen.

Capture to live a little more, it’s all about randomness.

Technology: A Hindrance to Productivity

20151123162301-woman-cup-tea-desk-laptop-working-browsing-internet-design-technology-home-office-sick-tazo-chaiToday we are living in the era of globalization where everything has become easier and shorter. Saving time is the main objective of any task which eventually pushes us towards the high tech world. The labor force earlier was considered the main input for any mode of production. However, today the fact remains the same, but the form has completely changed.

Employers in the fifth generation of computers are observed to be lazy, distracted and less productive. More than 30,000 communication networks have increased the accessibility over different zones of the world but depreciated the real output to this point. IT industries have galvanized our human resources and influenced the young minds. But the easiest ways are not the rewarding ways. According to an article in The Economist, “The big leap in American economic growth took place between 1939 and 2000, when average output per person grew at 2.7% a year. Both before and after that period, the rate was a lot lower: 1.5% from 1891 to 1939 and 0.9% from 2000 to 2013.And the dramatic dip in productivity growth after 2000 seems to have coincided with an apparent acceleration in technological advances…” heading us to ponder over the Solow Paradox.

Solow paradox or Productivity Paradox is, ‘the peculiar observation made in business process analysis that, as more investment is made in information technology, worker productivity may go down instead of up’, not going into details and being real, after all a man made a machine which clears out that abatement of real productivity is a result of the urge of answering the ping on your phones and unbroken links.

 

Dependency on machines is creating impotent employees running inside the perpetual cycle of dinky yield. Workers today are unable to combat the participation in the race of earning better profits, becoming discrete personalities with less concentration on their discrete works. Controlled by technology, it all concludes into diminishing returns.

According to Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain and Company, in an article for the Harvard Business Review, “Technology can have enormous benefits in the workplace. But it’s fair to ask whether we have reached the point of diminishing returns in some areas.”

Technology isn’t Working: The Economist

World Economic Forum