Good Bye, Phone Hello World: 60 Ways to Disconnect from Tech and Reconnect to Joy by Paul Greenberg was the last book I read in 2020 and the first one that I am reviewing in 2021. In my opinion it is an important and an urgently needed book. That is the reason that I decided to start the book reviews this year with this book.
Good Bye Phone is about how we are losing out on our lives, our own interests, in small small bits and pieces, for the sake of something which is not even worth it. The focus of the whole book is to convey the urgency to get rid of smartphone addiction. In the first few pages of the book, the writer highlights the various ways in which smartphone is robbing you of your life. And remember that he is not just talking about the effect on your health or effect on your relationships. He tells you how seriously it is affecting your whole life and how you are being deprived of the various beautiful things which really mean to you.
In my previous post I wrote about acquiring a language while living among its native speakers. Another opportunity for learning a language is presented by demands of workplace. This is particularly the case with English. You might recall that earlier German was the language of science communication, as also was French. Slowly English took over due to several ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’ causes. Perhaps you are involved in scientific research, and your work demands reading, writing, collaborating, exchanging emails, giving seminars and presentations, communicating manuscripts and so on. Consequently, during your PhD you get ample opportunity to practise and hone up your English language skills. However, unlike the previous case, here it is not optional, as your bread and butter, and to a certain extent, your academic survival depends on how comfortable are you with this language. You are not supposed to win a Nobel Prize in literature, nor will you be asked to write a masterpiece like Shakespeare or Milton. Writing a paper or giving a talk which your readers or audience may easily understand and enjoy is all that is expected from you.
मैं आजकल बहुत संभल-संभल कर बोलता और लिखता हूँ, डर रहता है कि कहीं किसी को मेरी बात चुभ न जाए । वैसे भी कन्या राशि वालों की यही तो दुर्बलता है कि वे आलोचना बहुत करते हैं, वह भी चुभने वाली । लेकिन साथ ही मैं आपको आश्वासन देता हूँ कि यदि आप हम लोगों की आलोचना को व्यक्तिगत रूप से न लेकर सर्जनात्मक और रचनात्मक रूप से लें तो आप पाएँगे कि वे सभी टिप्पणियाँ वस्तुतः सत्य हैं और आपके हित ही में हैं । चापलूसी तो हम लोग करते नहीं, किंतु प्रेम और मैत्री उनके वास्तविक स्वरूप में ही करते हैं । एक रहस्य की बात कहूँ तो यदि आप कभी हमारी व्यक्तिगत डायरी पढें तो पाएँगे कि जितनी आलोचना हम दूसरों के विचारों और व्यवहार की करते हैं, उससे कई गुना अधिक अपनी स्वयं की करते हैं । यदि आप बाहर के इस आग के दायरे को पार कर सके, तो पाएँगे कि वास्तव में हम अत्यधिक नम्र और कोमल हृदय हैं ।
One can take it for granted that one can own technology, but may not possess the manners demanded from the use of it. The etiquette of it. They may own gadgets, but may not be aware of the do’s and don’ts that come with it. It could be mobile phone, or other gadgets. And it is the mobile phone where it is the most evident. Continue reading →
Communication is very important for fostering peace and resolving conflicts. Just talking things over, not necessarily on the points of conflict or difference, prepares an amicable environment conducive for further friendly relations. The diffusion of air from both sides brings about mixing and a uniformity of thought. Contrary to general perception, it does not rob us of our views, thoughts, culture; instead it makes us more tolerant towards the view of the other side. Continue reading →