The following is a guest post written by Anupama Joshy, one of my former
students. I asked her to write on this topic because of one of her casual
remarks in a chat message.
Asked to introduce herself, following is what Anupama sent me.
Completed my lower primary education from The
Bethlehem International. Middle school and high school from Carmel CMI Public
School. Both in Vazhakulam where I have been residing. A second-year student of
BA English Literature. Hobbies are reading, writing, watching movies and web
shows. Love spending time with friends
and family. Trying to be a better person every day.
Words have evolved a lot through the generations. The archaic
word 'thou' that meant 'you' can now be read 'though' in the gen-Z text slang.
Means of communication have become online with emojis and GIFs serving as the
medium of communication. People are hesitant to talk face to face and rather
prefer 'chatting' online. 'Can't talk, WhatsApp only' has actually become the
'status'' of today's generation.
on the other hand are a means of expression. Now between 'communicating' and
'expressing', people have forgotten how to 'talk'. Let me rephrase. People have
forgotten to talk. In most cases, they don't find it necessary to talk. One can
always respond with a giphy instead of taking the effort of describing what
they feel. It sure saves time, but doesn't it often lack clarity?
while texting, there is a war between words and acronyms,
stickers and smileys. Looking at the old ways, one cannot help but wonder how
people penned such beautiful verses exploring all human emotions. It isn't that
they don't exist today, but somewhere between rap songs and remixes, they have
lost their antique beauty. This of course, is how evolution works, but I
believe everyone possesses a romantic part of themselves that inclines to a
g(olden)-age-thinking, even 'thou' it's just another way of
escaping the harsh reality we live in.