Sordid tale of decomposing urban life isolated by the walls of indifference came to the light with the carcass turning into skeletons at the Robinson Street in Kolkata. While the incident offered a much needed respite to the media, tired with covering the political tirades, the bigger question is the emergence of a gruesome survival saga of the human in the digital world. The human relationships are becoming so impersonal and uncaring that I dread the advent of the day when there will be multiple options in front of the screen, for my son to tick against multiple options when I would be needing him the most.
Imagine an event that pops out in front of my son’s laptop!
Your father is sick and has to be taken to the hospital, what would you like to do?
a) Call up my father, inquire how serious is the state and ask him to go to the nearest hospital.
b) Call up the hospital and ask them to send an ambulance to pick up my father.
c) I give a damn!
Or for that matter, the new android app (to be developed) that is uploaded in the palm top which will provide solutions right from money transfer for the hospital treatment, insurance claims settlement, e-greetings for the father sending godspeed recovery, post trauma (impersonal) care at home or linking the service provider to conduct the last rites including an e-funeral or cremation as the case may be!