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Demo of affection through Status Updates

Pushkar Sane Tuesday, 19th October, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , People No comments

Social networks have become new platforms to demonstrate love and affection. It has now become a trend to broadcast it through status messages. In most cases they’re pretty standard and cut/pasted from each other. They don’t really touch your heart or stir emotions. Here are two examples of how they read:

“If you have a sister who has made you laugh , wiped your tears , hugged you , watched you succeed , saw you stumble , cheered you on and keptyou strong , post this . Sisters are a friend forever . Broadcast this if you havean amazing sister(s)?… love you sis XYZ”

“If you have a daughter who makes your life interesting and fun, who has been a blessing in your life and makes life worth living just by being around – copy and paste this to your status. Your daughters will outgrow your lap, but never your heart. I am blessed with two wonderful daughters….mumma loves you very much XYZ & ABC…”


And I have seen similar messages for mother, father, sons, brothers, husband, wife, grand-moms, grand-dads, uncles, aunts, friends, best friends, boy-friends, girl-friends, and even pets. I guess we still have scope to go beyond family/friends and show our affection towards wider population.

To me these messages sound fake and superficial – specifically when they come from people (I know personally) who do not even call their family in months. If you really love someone pick up the phone and talk. Send a private message. Write a letter. Or simply remember them regularly and wish them well.

Are we becoming broadcasters of superficial affection?

Meeting Viral

Pushkar Sane Monday, 10th November, 2008 Tags: , , , People No comments

On sunday afternoon I bumped into a good friend from Baroda – Viral Chhaya. We both met on the upper deck of Cathay Pacific flight to SFO. It was indeed a pleasant surprise as we had not seen each other for 12 years. And then we chatted and chatted… I guess all the old memories came back. I got a very detailed update on long lost friends that Viral is in touch with – I’m so looking forward to getting in touch with all of them. I was happy to see that the warmth between us was the same and there was no pretence. We both promised that we’ll be in better touch.