“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Any guess who said these words?
No one said these words! It was a golden saying on health. But this is what I got in WhatsApp!
Dei! When did Steve Jobs say all these? Just because, WhatsApp is there you cannot circulate whatever you want!
Contest Master and Fellow Toastmasters!
Today WhatsApp is the most abused media! Anyone having a mobile number and a smart phone is able to open a WhatsApp account and also create a group in minute. They can post whatever they want and whenever they want.
For some people, they have to forward something or the other, every day. They just get excited on seeing the word “Forward”. One day, I was showing my priceless old cassette player to my friend Basker. Immediately he started pressing the Forward button 20 times in a second. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to Forward!
The other day, I went for SSTUV College for a campus-recruitment. I saw an impressive resume of a student. It revealed that he spends more than one hour on social service, every morning.
“My God! Today a student getting up in the early morning itself is a big service to the parents. Doing social service at that odd hour should be really, really impressive! I was curious to know more!
“What kind of social services you do Krishna?”
“Sir, I am a member of 34 WhatsApp groups sir! Every day morning I forward all the inspirational stories to all my groups sir.”
“Sir, nothing like doing social service, sir! The other day I forwarded a message on blood donation to more than 400 people sir, in just 20 minutes sir!
“Ok. Btw, have you ever donated blood Krishna?”
“No Sir. I am really scared of it sir. That’s why I am doing this kind of social service in WhatsApp. Sir, shall I include you in my WhatsApp Group Sir?”
“No. Thanks Krishna! I am already a member of so many WhatsApp groups”.
I was reminded of those dreadful days, when I was a member of 69 WhatsApp groups. Medley Members group, Past Presidents group, Mentors group, Advanced Communicators group, Tamilnadu Toastmasters group, Ammani Patti family group, Gundakkal patti group, Adult Male Cousins group. That last group was to discuss on subjects like Politics, Religion etc. Believe me. Nothing more!
While you go to sleep, that “Ting, Ting” sound would not allow you to sleep peacefully. Someone suggested me to use the mute button. After that, no interruptions! But I was missing some important messages! So I had to still keep checking.
WhatsApp is like a diaper! You need to keep checking, even if nothing is there.
Toastmasters, please don’t underestimate the power of WhatsApp. It is not just a media to share anecdotes and stories. People use it for a variety of purposes. Some users just send Good Morning message to all in their groups. That would be their first job before brushing their teeth. They are the Rooster category. They would come back only after 24 hours to post another Good Morning message.
Then comes the Booster category. Whatever you post, they would respond saying Wow, Awesome, Kool etc. Many a times they use these kind of signs. ....(gesture)
Finally the third category Toasters. They will identify old friends, form a group and host parties. It is their full-time job.
The other day my wife was saying.
“Sundar, I am going to Mahabs on coming Sunday. Are you joining with me? Even spouses are also allowed.”
“What group? How much it costs?”
“It is our PSPT-81 WhatsApp Group. It costs just Rs.3000”
“What is PSPT-81? You never told me about such a group.”
“No. My friend Durga only found this group very recently. PSPT is nothing but Prathmic Students of Padma Teacher. We all took tuition under Padma Teacher in 1981 for three weeks. Thanks to WhatsApp, Durga identified all 15 of us. Ramesh is flying from Australia for this get together. Malini is all the way coming from US. I am longing to meet them”
“Longing to meet? Jayanthi, if I remember right, you bunked this Hindi class for almost two weeks out of 3 weeks”
After quitting from WhatsApp groups, I was curious to know what was going on. I sneaked into my wife’s smart phone. That’s when I saw that interesting message.
‘If any objectionable content is found then the admin could be arrested’.
Yes! This is what I wanted. I thought that now people would keep quiet or downplay. But do you know what happened? The admins made aaaall the members of the group as admins. No one was scared! They started another thread of discussions.
“Hey. I thought that Satheesh would be arrested yar.”
“No way ya! He is so smart. That’s why he made all of us admin. By the way, I never had been to Jail! How about you?”
“No, yar! I only went to Kaithi restaurant.”
“I heard Puzhal is better than Vellore”
Oh My God! People can ramble on any topics.
Occasionally discussions happen on the technical features of WhatsApp. The other day Sunil had a doubt.
“Sundar, what are those two tick marks in WhatsApp?”
“They are “read messages”
“No Sundar. I am talking about those blue tick marks. Not the red message”
“Sunil…., when I said “Read” it is R…E…A….D… Read Messages. Got it?”
Toastmasters, with WhatsApp, there are some hidden benefits too. Nowadays family quarrels have come down drastically. Yes. People are busy in WhatsApp and they don’t have time to quarrel. In many apartments, they have done away with the watchman. In every apartment, someone is checking WhatsApp throughout the night.
Toastamasters! I am not sure if I am using WhatsApp, but I am sure WhatsApp is using me! Contest Master!