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A Worldwide Web of Fun!

This one is different – it’s not about Sales Effectiveness or Productivity Enhancement, my regular subjects.

Instead, here are some happy thoughts regarding the amazing invention that changed the way we communicate, learn, work and have fun! Sometimes it even makes us forget that there is a world outside – we are immersed, or sucked into, its heady vortex of excitement and action.

But first let me thank and applaud the brains that created the Internet, and the Worldwide Web, without which I would not be able to present this article or stay in touch with you all!

I still remember the first time I played Scrabbles with two other friends, Rakesh and Santhosh  – “No big deal!” you would say, “we play that game at home on all weekends”. Agreed! But on that day I was at Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman, and my friends were at their respective homes in Trivandrum. Have you done that?

Santhosh is an expert and a diehard enthusiast; so he rags me nonstop for wasting time – I need much more time to create each new word. It goes without saying that I lost all the games. But it was so much fun because while we played news was exchanged, jokes cracked and each word was discussed, all in the chat window provided alongside the Scrabble Board. How cool is that?

There are 1000s of other Action and Skill games you can play with friends located across the globe. Seated in a Cyber Cafe at Mumbai, become a Commando and shoot your enemy, who is in Los Angeles, or race with a pal who is in Johannesburg! The games don’t have to be with just your friends either; choose any enthusiast, who happens to be online at that time. It’s like going to the local football or tennis club and deciding to partner with whoever is present there then.

But the internet permits you to become a member of all the clubs at the same time, you can play Chess in one window and Bridge or Poker in another – and you have not even left the confines of your home or office. Wait a minute! Who is stopping you from doing it while relaxing in a park or from a moving train? Today Smart Devices and GSM Modems can put you on the World Wide Web from just about anywhere. But please don’t get distracted by such fun things while driving; you can get transported from the Virtual World to another world in no time and I am not sure whether they have connectivity there! Why take the risk?

Kids, teenagers, adults or aged, just about anyone can pick the game or interest of their choice and indulge in the action – they can discuss and debate it, also share information, pictures and videos. You are in charge on the Internet!

Shiv, my friend based in Kuala Lumpur has created a website for fun and games – he recently ran a Prediction Contest for the last round of matches played in the English Premier League – with 7 out of 8 answers correct I got a runner-up Prize. There were participants from a dozen countries taking part in this exciting activity. He would not have been able to conduct such a fun contest on a global scale without the power of the internet. You can be seated on a poolside deck-chair at a resort in Hawaii while logging into the website to make your entry.

With the advent of Facebook fun went stratospheric – other than making friends and sharing photographs you can create groups based on your interest and share information and graphic data on a whole host of subjects: cookery, travel, reading, birding, hiking or biking, airplanes, nature, wildlife, stamp collection, the list is endless.

If you are a Fashionista you can share designs, run a design contest, give fashion tips, organize a fashion show, present interviews with leading designers, exhibit photo albums or videos of fashion shows and models … it’s up to you to decide the scope of the activities and content on the page or group you create.

If you love books there are millions of eBooks to choose from – read them, then share them, discuss and debate them. I am running out of words!

A gazillion movies and videos to download or stream – there’s one on just about any subject on the planet – and tomorrow you could be the script-writer, actor, director, editor or music composer. You are the creator, performer and entertainer!

You can chat with a family member or friend from the top of Mount Everest or write a blog post while boating down the Amazon River; you can upload videos of the Blue Whale you touched while on a pleasure cruise or a photo with Tom Cruise, whom you spotted at Hard Rock Café.

You can tell the world where you are, who you are with, what you are wearing, why you are happy and how you are going to spend your vacation – wear your attitude everywhere, all the time!

The Internet has changed lives, brought back long-lost friends, provided us unlimited access to action, excitement and fun … and we can’t get enough of it!

This post is my entry for the indiBlogger.in contest ‘Internet is fun’, sponsored by Vodafone. Readers can have a look at the Vodafone fun page – http://www.vodafone.in/fun

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  1. Jamy
    May 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    www has become an indispensable tool Jay!

    • JayadevM
      May 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Without a doubt, Jamy! Thanks for reading.

  2. May 17, 2012 at 6:41 am

    clever title…honestly didn’t expect myself to read all the way to the end.. but your writing style is pretty engaging..

    • JayadevM
      May 17, 2012 at 7:23 am

      That is a huge compliment, Pankaj. Thank you!

      Glad that you read it …. and cared enough to leave a message. Best wishes!

  3. Kailash
    May 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Good 1st attempt J, I mean 1st attempt out of your core area of blogging, And yep WWW, Google, FB etc. have changed our lives.
    All the best !! Cheers

    • JayadevM
      May 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Thank you, Kailash! Spurs me on …

  4. May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Wonderful Jay…..ur writing keeps readers hooked n that includes me…All the very best…..u are a winner

    • JayadevM
      May 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you! You are kind. Keeping my spirit up!

      Cheers!

  5. Pradita nambiar
    May 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

    the best part of this article is the fact that you practise what you preach. You have done your best and sure the results too would be the same

    • JayadevM
      May 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Hello Pradita,

      Thank you for reading … and for the huge support!

      Fingers crossed. 🙂

  6. May 19, 2012 at 5:45 am

    See you are already a celebrity writer.

    • JayadevM
      May 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

      Hi Anita,

      Thank you.

      Sweet of you to say so; but how did you derive that? 😉

  7. ram..
    May 23, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Jaidev,No doubt WWW has changed the world word dramatically and it almost gets everything for us.But i think the result of indulgence in www makes us forget that there is a world outside which is the balancing afctor in all our lives.

    • JayadevM
      May 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

      True, Ram!

      Everything is bad in excessive quantities .. so should know where to draw the line; just that this article was focused on the subject “Internet is Fun!”

  8. Meen
    June 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Net is fun no doubt addictive too.. dunno how long one can keep kids away from it… my four year old loves to go to other’s houses just bcos of the games in their mobiles, ipods which is not permitted here. I want a normal play time but kids find that boring !! However I would like to say that Net has given access to ocean of knowledge which is ever growing and ever available now !!

    • JayadevM
      June 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Meenakshi,

      Good to see you back after a long time. Yes, like most things there are pluses and minuses. Parents need to help kids create the balance. Maybe create computer time and regular play time and make both interesting for them.

      My nephew who is 11 is crazy about his PSP and games on the phones. But he plays cricket and badminton too. I always play cricket with him when I visit.

      Balance is the keyword.

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