Is Life A Business Now?

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Life is more of a business now – value is placed in what everyone brings to the table in terms of material wealth. True wisdom lies in never forgetting the basics – the oneness in our existence and recognizing the uniqueness in each one of us. Family and society will ever remain bedrock for our survival.

Changing Lifestyles

Lifestyles are changing in subtle ways by the day. While our outward appearance makes it apparent, our way of thinking is also changing. Of course, one should change with the times to find meaning and involvement. Also with the progress in science and technology we have to adapt. We have less time for each other as we are more into own things that interest us. Each member of the family has different tastes not only in the eating part! And they have the ability to indulge in them even while staying under one roof. We calculate more the time we have as multitasking has become routine. There is little time to waste. That also means we are more business-like in our day-to-day dealings and even in terms of relationship with our loved ones. No wonder close-knit family ties of yesteryear are becoming history. Now it is more of a trade-off! Life is more practical with less time for empathy and compassion. And migration to cities from rural areas has accentuated the trend. Now even women are leaving their country’s shores in search of better pastures leaving behind little children under the care of others. These are becoming par for the course hardly raising an eyebrow. If anyone thinks aloud they are termed as impractical and unable to adjust – the refrain is make hay while the sun shines!

New Pecking Order

Not only business people but those into a fast career path are more business-like in their dealings. There is just no time to relax talking about family or to enjoy each other’s company. Even party time is more attuned to business matters. That is the way life has been accepted as a rule. The elderly still cherish genuine friendship but the young will aver they have more time at hand and less worries too. Their halcyon days are over and so they can afford to stretch their legs. I have tried to butt in telling some, especially the ladies, to take it easy as they have a choice while men are supposed to be out working. Now I have noted a trend the ladies have more to do not only at home but are masters of multitasking leaving men a distant second; sorry third after the children!

The Basic Counts

We all reach the destination and have that split-second to review our lives at the time of leaving for a place according to our beliefs. As for me, final justice will be served and we will find ourselves where we are destined according to how we did justice to our duties here. If there is just nothing hereafter, then our lives are just like those of other species, nothing to crow about! Our Creator is no fool to make that happen. He keeps track in such a way to make the most powerful of computers look like a novice not even taking its first steps! The system is built-in and none can fool nature. We leave whatever we hold as precious behind and with just the basic. Some may not be able to think of an existence without our huge outer covering little realizing that it is only given to adapt to the surroundings. The true self does not occupy space!

The Greediest among Species

When we reflect upon creation, our business dealings will prove to an albatross as they mean short-changing the vulnerable! I have let go few to their own devices. Of course, they have enriched themselves materially at my cost but it will prove a Pyrrhic victory in the end – not that I am wishing for their downfall, but they have to learn the lessons of fairness and equity. Likewise, everyone from billionaires to paupers will find themselves in another realm of their own making; hopefully the roles reversed thereby paying for their karma! Other than us no other species is greedy, hoard beyond their needs. Their offspring have to survive on own merits. We are a bit different, at least a few, and they have henchmen at their command to dance to their tunes!

Life is much more than a business. I tell my friends – business is for family, society and not the other way! The rich are guarded, calculative, while the poor have a ready smile even on empty stomachs! Only few have the ability to touch the lives of the poor positively while the greedy do the opposite and they overlook fact that the poorest are aware of what they do but close their eyes to daylight robbery; live and let live! I always maintain it is easier to get help from the poor as they have a heart larger than the super rich!

Bedrock is Society

The ills of society can be laid at the doors of our treating lives as business leading to the rich getting richer at the cost of the poorest. Facts and figures increasingly testify with this is more common in poorest countries. Even in communist China the rich are becoming richer faster than in western countries that practice democracy, capitalism and free market economies. Unbridled greed is allowed to trump within the confines of our homes, societies and countries. Material wealth for its own sake has become the mantra though the real glitter lie within us - how we think and act, being true to our conscience. But we allow history to repeat with a vengeance as we enter uncharted territory of more greed by the day. The most precious cannot be bought and we should reflect, ponder, about the purpose of life. Let us never forget the oneness in our existence and uniqueness in each of us and unity is strength; build from the bedrocks of family, upwards.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark for your moderation and encouragement through star merit - siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2014 (#)

You write of the HEART Siva jee...Totally fantastic...Cheers

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Sachal for such encouraging words. These make my day! siva

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Good morning, Siva; again, you have touched on "life as we know it" from an interesting perspective. Growing up, people dropped by to say hello, or to bring something that they knew was necessary, out of the goodness of their hearts. Today, there are 5 texts, two emails, and at least 1 confirmation phone call to have a day with family or friends. Too much like business as you go excellently point out. Thank you, Siva. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Marilyn for your input. Making time for others is becoming history. When I get telephone calls they are matter of fact and normally interrupted by another "incoming call" prompt from the person at the other end! Yes, we manage to get the message across and that is about it. When we don't care about society, it will do likewise to us though our world is still kind but few are heartless like what happened to the Malaysian Airlines' innocent passengers - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Jul 2014 (#)

I wrote an article once about how we are living more like ants and bees working for a queen (the government) and less like how we should be living.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Mark. Technology is a boon and is also a classic example of duality of life. We should use it to benefit us and not become enslaved by it - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Interesting as always.Thought provoking,Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Than Randhir - appreciate your enduring support - siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Life, indeed, is a business and more, in all the ways that you mention. Family and friends are the foundation; the rest is line management and operations.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks LeRain. I see many in Asia getting entrapped in their business and never let go. They want to accumulate wealth till their last breath little realizing that they prove a burden to their loved ones later - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, you really brought up some good points in this article. I personally think if we would center our lives around family and friends the rest would fall into place just as it should. I read article's about the women's movement and I can't help but think that it's really a very sad concept. Of course women can have it all but my point is that something has to give because there is only so much time in a day. In most cases it's the family giving up precious time with the mom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy. We cannot fight against nature; other species do not. I would rather have time with my parents than them getting carried away at work under the pretext what they do is for their children's future. If that creates more misery, what for indeed! Anything above the basics is a luxury. In fact, those children who start earning their keep at a young age are more savvy to face the hard knocks of life than those mollycoddled into their adulthood and even later! Sadly, such realizations come too late - thinking they won't happen to me but history repeats all the time! siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, isn't it sad that with all the conveniences and electronics we now have, seems to be pushing away human interaction? It was all suppose to give us time to relax and enjoy life more with family and friends. And they called it "progress"...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Good take, Lavenderblu. We should think aloud how we use the latest in technology. Our time spent on them should benefit us, family and society. We seem to know, at our fingertips, the cost of everything but the value of nothing, especially that of real family bonding. It results in operation successful but the patient dead long before our time is called! We just dream walk through life with skin-deep, farcical relationships! siva

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author avatar johnbee
19th Jul 2014 (#)

This is a good share Siva. Have a good day.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Johnbee for your endorsement - siva

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author avatar Retired
19th Jul 2014 (#)

A wonderful, timely piece, Siva. Well done.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan , appreciate your encouragement - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Jul 2014 (#)

another great piece Siva...congratulations...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Carolina for your support as always - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva the moral values taught within our homes today are the measure of all our futures...outstanding article Siva...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Delicia - we should teach generations down the line what has held true over the years and live by them so that future generations too will not lose track - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jul 2014 (#)

I am thankful that we have a writer like you on Wikinut who prompts people toward thought and introspection. You walk a high road of integrity and honor, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Steve for such touching words of encouragement - these make it all worth the while. My mind is on the needless lives lost by human atrocity for the loss of Malaysian Airline flight that killed 300 people. The reason is super powers are sacrificing innocent lives at the altar of self-defeating politics. It is said when we speak the truth we don't have to remember what we said. Likewise, I try my best to walk the talk - am I selfish as the path is so blissful? siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, we all need to reflect as to where we are heading and the corrective measures we need to take to achieve harmony and bridge the widening rich-poor gap. Yet, extreme greed has to go.

I would like to recall what Mahatma Gandhi once said:
"Earth has enough for everyone's needs, but not for everyone's greed".

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Ptrikha. The real progress has to come from our heart. Selfishness and false ego will doom us. And also petty politics among politicians. Three hundred innocent lives were lost due to airline getting shot down while the leaders of big powers continue justifying their position with blood in their hands. The only way forward is to safeguard 99% who want to live in peace, whatever their beliefs, and with a take the whole universe belongs to all. There is no need to fight over land as our planet is our oyster. As Mandela reflected and came to the conclusion that the apartheid system was brutal and not those part of it and invited his jailer to his inaugural Presidential function. We need to isolate the wicked few and for that we need to rid the divisive politicians and religious fanatics; they have no place among us - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

And perhaps time has to come for people to collaborate across Borders!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jul 2014 (#)

Right Ptrikha - we should have done it long ago. When I meet people, nationalities do not count - of course, the rich are calculative and businesslike to put it politely! No one has left the world with passports in hand - you do not need one really! If only the 99% are left alone to pursue their lives than used as tools by a wily few! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

And the wrongful people everywhere too follow the same strategies and plans- divide others, kill or subjugate good people and mislead the gullible!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks again Ptrikha - greed blinds fairness. Though there is nothing wrong in working hard and becoming rich, many take shortcuts and deprive the the most vulnerable on their way up the ladder of wealth. The wealthy have only one religion/belief - to become rich no matter what it takes! You can see them everywhere. See the people suffering in Gaza and both sides using the deadliest of weapons sourced from the greediest with zilch conscience! siva

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author avatar spirited
20th Jul 2014 (#)

only the poor could be poor and the rich rich then.

A large heart is already rich in these poor, but the rich have buried their hearts under their business minds.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Spirited, well said. In poor countries the wages one gets are hardly enough to feed a family. And still the poor have the willingness to share and care. But that does not mean they have to remain poor to be considerate to others! Our system stokes greed while it should encourage compassion - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Everyone who works hard is to be commended dear Siva , and riches in themselves can be a blessing and poverty a terrible curse ...but finding the fine line of contentment, when enough is enough and family life is not sacrificed on the alter of greed ...now that takes wisdom of the highest sort my friend .
Many blessings to you in every way .
Stella ><

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella for your take. Let us fine-tune our system to reward the needy and the hardworking and not the few who take advantage of it - siva

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author avatar n.c.radomes
21st Jul 2014 (#)

I hope we're not barking at the wrong tree. Do concerned people read Wikinut?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Radomes. We speak out and spread the word around - then we lighten our conscience. Danger signs are clear in our society that we are led more like the children in the fairy tale - The Pied Piper of Hamelin - siva

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author avatar snerfu
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Society is what we make and where we are. Perhaps that is the biggest irony of it all.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Yes Snerfu. My generation was guided by the previous one while now we follow the newer and trying to catch up with the latest! Let us keep a balance by having synthesis of what we know to be the best for a secure future - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Another excellent share. Peace to the families affected by the crash. I am fortunate that those who want to spend time with me and my family are starting to make more of an effort to do so. But it makes me sad when my family is not on that list -- our politics and religions differ; I cannot be saved; I am a waste of their time. I feel sorry for them. How lucky am I instead to see brilliant writers from non-Christian backgrounds who embrace a spirituality, an inner peace, and a relationship with Love and Light that those mired in the games and backstabbing hypocrisy of church politics can not see or experience.
Reminds me of a Tolkien quote, "Not all who wander are lost."
I say again, an excellent share.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl for your kind words of encouragement. There is a Chinese saying - a good neighbor is more helpful than a distant relative. I personally believe we are all related and can develop a kindred relationship even with total strangers. Some might surmise it is due to past lives' connections. Religion should soothe and nourish our soul but few hijack to suit their selfish ends. Right now what is happening in Iraq and Syria is a case in point where those from the same religion are butchering each other - they say their beliefs differ! I have seen few who do not profess any religion to be ever helpful as they just do what is right without expectation.

I believe all our thought processes have some basis as they form part of the creative energy and it is for us to keep evil under check. That means give respect to earn respect and coexist by recognizing each one of us is unique. We are given every faculty to understand the basics and how to survive in unity. Might is right and rubbing salt into the wound will only ricochet back on us - siva

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author avatar Mariah
21st Jul 2014 (#)

In the past when families had less in the material sense, there was so much more in the quality of family life, prior to technology becoming the hub of the home, there was more family unity in conversation, family get togethers etc people had time for people, now it's all about survival of the pressures and demands of today's world, financially and otherwise.
Excellent post Siva, as always

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Agree with you Mariah. In Asian societies family had a broad content with extended families treated with same regard and affection like immediate members of families. Now it has become the couple and children and the rest treated as outsiders. It is now Hi and Bye culture as business instincts have crept into family relationships. We still have the older generation to hold fort showing family values and that will be history soon with their passing. Then we become more like robots and lose the charm of human bonding even with its warts and all - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jul 2014 (#)

Another outstanding article my friend.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Kingwell for your enduring support. Our Creator has provided us a heaven and we are placed right at the top. I feel we are just blowing the many chances given - siva

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author avatar Etc.
4th Aug 2014 (#)

I agree with most everything you say. Certainly society is in a rush, rush, rush everywhere these days, almost without exception.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
5th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Etc. Let us not become blissfully unaware of the society we are part of - otherwise, over time, we will become robots - siva

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Margaret for your support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Subra
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, high-tech gadgets, the fast-paced environment and commercialism in everything has derailed the values we were brought up with. Sadly, we have no time for each other, but we have enormous amounts of time fiddling with our gadgets.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes dear Subra they are held against our faces as people are lost in cyberspace networking with others; we have seen nothing as yet, believe me! They come handy to kill by remote control; so human lives are counted as digits! At least, we got to read the horror reaction of humans after they dropped the atomic bombs - now maybe an electronic confirmation - mission accomplished! I have heard young parents (read mothers) complaining their children want only gadgets, but are not they too in the game, setting the example? We are turning into robots faster than we realize; so what - could be the loud reply and that confirms the fact! siva

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author avatar Geeta Rao
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Sir, A thought provoking article. The rich n super rich must follow free n fair means of business but hardly they do so. Exploiting the poor 4 material gains or pleasure is part of their life.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Geeta. I have observed the very poor and also the super rich, and their lifestyles in many countries. Though I don't generalize, my view is the rich miss no opportunity to take advantage of the poor without conscience - the sum and substance is they lack empathy for their fellow human being and that is the root of the ills of our society. It is time the rich realized all their material wealth belong to society at large; they should be beholden to a forgiving society for their position in life - siva

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author avatar Abdur Quaderi
25th Aug 2014 (#)

Nice article Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Abdur for your support - siva

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author avatar hannah teer
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Thought provoking, indeed. Oneness does seem to be a thing of the past, and that is very sad to me. Thank you so much for this piece.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes Hannah, for people like me I regret the fact that the young are deprived of a fulfilling life as they keep rushing from point A to point B all the time. I do not know what they will look back for meaning in their lives - though they may just look ahead till their last breath! siva

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author avatar Retired
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Life moves at such a fast pace, and I blame much of that on our electronic conveniences. You make a really good point about how life is more like a business deal anymore.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Dorothy - in our hurry we have no time to look around us and then we cannot also expect others to look out for us in times of need - fair dinkum in the end. However, let us never forget what we sow we reap as karma is around the corner to catch up with us - siva

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author avatar Erly
14th Sep 2014 (#)

Very powerful article..all truths are shared here..thanks Siva..I salute you guy...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Erly for your support, appreciated - siva

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author avatar Joyce Singha
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Great musings Sivaji. Funnily enough, more technology makes communication easier, more complex and wary communication becomes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Joyce for your input. I felt while the older generation is anxious to embrace new technology including social networking yet not forgetting some old "values", the newer have no time to take their eyes off their gadgets and clicking "like" without much thought. I feel we are losing our soul and more interested in the "sole"! Hope we are becoming wiser over the years but no one is indispensable including the human race! siva

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author avatar johnbee
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Good one indeed. Way to go.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Feb 2015 (#)

Thanks Johnbee, appreciate your motivation - siva

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