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Sons must not get carried away


My son is into computers, he doesn’t gaze at the sky like we used to
TSI | Issue Dated: May 13, 2007
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Sons must not get carried away Salil Bhatt

Satvik Veena exponent Sons must not get carried away The role of sons in this era has undergone a drastic and dramatic change. I feel one gets to learn many things. They have extra zeal and effervescence which catches. Sons can be the best teachers for their parents. A son and daughter are the light of the house. We were never exposed to such a surfeit of technology. Today, my son owns a laptop, television, Videogames, Camera of 8.5 mega pixels and an I-Pod.

As a son, I have the legacy of the past 10 generations to carry forward. Today, the world has become very self-centred. One should be a bit more altruistic. This era is that of the highly self-centred. What is required is that sons should be giving towards their parents, and giving does not mean just time or money, but complete involvement with the people who devoted their lives for our future. This will happen only when we will be true to our conscience, accept responsibility and give them their due.

The sons face difficulties too, as coping with the expectation of parents is tricky at best. Every father wants his son to be right at the top. Fathers at times force their unwilling sons into a profession.

We see people succumbing to their environment. When one witnesses a person earning well at the cost of time with their parents, it is very tempting to emulate them. The urge to be indifferent towards one’s filial duties due to the lure of lucre is irresistible. Right and wrong have become redundant in the scheme of things and people have started indulging in their whims and feel proud about it. This is applicable not only to sons, but daughters as well. I feel nostalgic about the innocence of our childhood. We used to play with friends in parks, climb on mango trees, swing from the branches and eat mangoes without washing them. We used to fly kites, sleep out, watch the sky and see stars falling. These simple pleasures have outlived their utility and my son doesn’t gaze at the sky.

There were hardly any television programmes worth watching and we used to read books, which stimulated us intellectually and inculcated qualities and knowledge. To an extent this is non-existent. My son is into computers. There are no trees to climb and thus, my son doesn’t know how to climb trees. This used to teach us balance and I used to enjoy walking on the parapet. I believe children must be taught to take a few risks.

You gain something and you lose something. We should not crib. There were so many things which were not available and existent at that time. There are a few which we miss today, like a vehicle. Earlier, only the Fiat or Ambassador cars were available. A car was a prized possession, but today everyone has one and every member in my family drives his or her own car.

Nowadays, commercialisation is so rampant that I get scared. There is a mindless pursuit for money and people are wasting their time in worrying about money. I am writing about it, because this is affecting our families. I would not like my son to indulge in such futile pursuits. As a son, I feel proud that I did not get carried away. I have things which money cannot buy.

I can assure everyone that money can buy convenience, but not happiness. Money is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Note bahut halka hai par logon ne isko sar chadha rakkha hai (a currency note is very insignificant, but people have placed it on a pedestal). Gandhiji ki tasvir to laga di hai par aaj ka saara jhagda unhi ke saamne hota hai (Gandhi is looking upon us benignly from his photograph on every currency note, but we squabble under his very nose).
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