I am, as they say, a ‘puraana paapi’ (veteran) of computer based chat programs. During the days of those bulky ice block IBM computers and the green texted screen, to the squeaky voiced ICQ, and then a more refined MSN Messenger with a spherical head and limbless icon, I have used all – and loved them all too. They served the purpose of keeping in close contact with the people I wanted to. Chatting in real time was a treat, and despite the distances, the cyber space gave vibes of closeness and bonding.
Fast-forward a decade and I was hooked onto the BBM (Blackberry Messenger), all my favorite people were in the palm of my hand. All real time, all free – so much in touch – unbelievable! Only due to the sad decline of the Blackberry, did I have to opt for other operating systems, hence other chat programs also. And so the likes of WhatsApp made an entrance into the lives of all smart phone owners.
Recently I wrote an article in The News (you can find the article here), talking about easy lifestyle changes to help lower high blood pressure. Perhaps I should write a sequel to that article and give a single suggestion of how to increase your blood pressure – start using WhatsApp!(With all due respect to Mr. Jon Koum)
Class, family, cousins, friends, college, school, foes, foodies, madness, langotiyee yaar - all possible kinds of groups are screaming for attention. The constant ting ting on the phone is mind boggling and if you do get a chance to sleep during this madness you wake up to 134 messages in a certain group marked in red – possibly a discussion on when to have the third child amongst all the cousins. And another 159 messages in the Class group – tugging between class outings and venues. The perfect panacea to reduce calm and increase stress!
Exiting the group is extremely uncivil and impudent. The 45 members of the group instantly raise eyebrows when they see ‘Saadia has exited the group’
Perhaps due to high blood pressure she might have exited the world – what do you know dude? Not to mention the constant assumption and quibbles of when the other person ‘last saw’ the message and then never bothered replying. The ideology behind WhatsApp is that you never log out – because you are always connected – but seriously – sometimes this constant connection reaches fatal levels. Currently this connection has disconnected many wires in my brain, hence I have actually gone on a ‘phone detox’ diet. I feel calmer, less stressed and definitely not on a race to reply to any of the life-threatening messages. (Age catching up I suppose)
If you feel the same, quickly read on, go through the recipe, switch off your phone and indulge in this extremely succulent salad – a pita less take on the middle eastern sandwich known as Shawerma. This is a combination of yogurt marinated chicken pieces, homemade hummus on a bed of fresh, crisp lettuce.
An ideal high protein salad, with the goodness of olive oil, light seasoning and pan-fried chicken is sure to please you. And might help you tackle your WhatsApp messages too. (Or not tackle them at all)
Oh and another reason for the ‘phone detox’ diet was that yesterday when I was struggling between test preps of my son and replying to incessant 121 messages relating to social commitments, school timetables and friendship woes, he very innocently said “My God, you’re on your phone all the time, seems its more important than me!”