BASED ON A TRUE STORY
He woke to a chilling Saturday morning. He had nothing much to do. Roy pulled out his laptop. Plugged in a headphone and began watching the English situational comedy F.R.I.E.N.D.S. That’s what he generally did when he was free on a weekend.
That sitcom gave him a rare kind of joy and put him at ease.
He watched 4 episodes in continuum. Till then he heard a knock on the door. He called out his mom, in the kitchen, to open the door. He unplugged his headphone hoping that it was none of his relatives. Till then a child came in running and jumped on the bed.
He sat up straight and kept the laptop on the bed. The kid, Vishnu, in his fifth standard, his neighbour, asked Roy to open the browser and hit Google.
Roy dutifully listened to him. Vishnu asked about a Sikh actor with huge biceps who acts with his dad. Roy thought about it for a moment and asked if it was Sunny Deol. Vishnu told him to search that. After seeing the search results he asks him to backspace the Deol and type in a Leone.
Roy opened up his eyes, twice as much and looked at Vishnu with his mouth wide open. Vishnu ignored Roy and hit the enter key and looked at the images and asked Roy, “Do you know what she does? She does PORN.”
Vishnu literally spelt out the word. Roy closed the laptop in absolute disgust and questioned him. Vishnu asked if Roy watches porn. He politely denied.
Roy was shocked to the core. He just thought about how times changed. Roy questioned Vishnu about this.
Vishnu replied, “You know, during weekends my parents have their office and grandma is busy watching TV the whole day. I go into my room, shut the door and browse. You know you get pop ups of such websites and it forces you to click them.”
Roy interrupted and asked, “Don’t your parents ask what you were doing the whole day on the internet?”
“Well I just tell them that I was on Google. I sometimes call over my friends as well and then during the weekdays I get to be the hero in school.”
Roy was deeply saddened by the revelations of a 10 year old boy. He reprimanded him and didn’t allow him to go home. Roy made him wait till his parents came back from work and told them about their son’s wrongdoings.
“I am disconnecting the internet,” was Vishnu’s dad’s reaction.
That’s it. Roy just wondered where the world was heading towards. He left him and came into his house and locked himself in his room and just thought about that reaction. Parents are just marching ahead with the sole motive of earning money to provide their child a life, a life, they didn’t have. It’s more about spending time with your kids and telling them what’s right or wrong. Disconnecting the internet will never disconnect him from such things but would rather force him to go to cyber cafes and drool.
Freedom is what you can give the kids but there should always be a limit to that. Haven’t we heard of children been lured by paedophiles and other cyber monsters.
We sure are marching ahead in terms of technology, better lifestyle and way of thinking.
In the process of that, your own children are getting well versed with Sunny Leone over an Albert Einstein or a William Shakespeare or a Mahatma Gandhi.