Sunday, 26 January 2014

Whats (Y)apping

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When I decided to write on this topic this week for Half baked beans, I was smiling to myself as anyone and everyone is addicted to what’s app these days. Yes it does save time when you have to share some photo-graph or a video or a file from your mobile with other person who has what’s app downloaded on his mobile but what next? It for sure doesn’t stop there.

Everyone keeps checking their mobiles for some what’s app fun message or a forward or a pic. It’s not an exaggeration if I say what’s app is one of the top five communication platforms in the world now, first being Facebook closely followed by twitter. Many other chatting apps have come to light after what’s app like we chat, wow talk etc. but no other app could beat what’s app. From a maid to a carpenter to a gym trainer to a shop keeper, everyone has what’s-app downloaded on their mobiles.
My father can use internet but is not well-versed with the day to day changing techno trends. He has a smart phone. I downloaded what’sapp on it but he never used it. He wanted to finalise a function hall for my brother’s wedding. Before visiting the hall, the concerned person asks my father if he can use what’s app! My dad was not very sure. The person in charge wanted to share the snap shots on what’s app for a primary approval. The second experience was when a carpenter asked if any of us have what’s app on mobiles as he wanted to forward some designs. Like this I had many encounters with what’s appers. Whenever I save a number I get curious and check if he/she is using what’s app. Few days back I saw that a Mehndi-wallah who came to apply mehndi on our hands during my brother’s wedding was what’s apping and smiling.

My curiosity got the better of me and I checked his what’s-app profile on which he had status, “Alone is better in this world!” Just check the depth and emotion in it :- ). That second I did not mind his English language capabilities. I was amused as he is on-par with my technology skills and learnt how to effectively use them too!

Like every technology has a downside what’s app has its minuses too. Even though it is highly comfortable to chat on what’s app and also make college groups and family groups the essence of conversation is lost! After a long session of what’s yapping, oops I mean what’s – apping we no longer remember why and what we are actually chatting! Just like it is done on facebook, many events, news and other important anecdotes are shared on what’s app as well. The good thing on what’s app is you can have closed conversations between the four walls of the mobile!

There is no denying that what’s app is my daily dose of entertainment. All the trendy jokes are shared first on what’s app. For instance Alok Nath’s jokes got viral recently and there was a sudden surge of his jokes on what’s app. Of course it is a different thing that after certain point of time it went overboard and I got bored. However whenever I feel bored to death at work or at home what’s app and the fun forwards or the thought of the day messages and meaningful quotes save me from boredom!

Some people complain that what’s app eats the battery. It doesn’t happen at least on I phone. What’s app is for sure the latest fad and I am sure the craze will not die any sooner :- )

Earlier it was “SMS me ok? And now it is can you what’s app!? Even the Maggi noodles are tastier when sprinkled with what’s app :P

 Image taken from a whole page created for  whats’app jokes

Below are some alok nath jokes shared in recent past:

"When you type Alok Nath on Google search, "I'm feeling Lucky" changes to "I'm feeling Sanskari".

Alok Nath was d first person to call Parle as ParleG!!

Alok Nath wants Facebook to add 'Aashirwad' button.


It is important to be silly and smile some times because when you can’t resolve a problem, humour gives the strength to face it :- )



  1. Great analysis. I find it intrusive with people forwarding jokes and pictures. I mean who wants to say good morning to fifty people on the phone every morning. It is great for elderly people, as you say. And college students too!

    1. Too much of whats apping is damn boring at times ! I am totally not in to Good mornings or fwds . I even mute many groups :)
      but ya its a grt respite when U r bored :D
      thanks for reading alka

  2. Hi Afshan - I tried to resist whatapp as long as I could but finally gave in. Now, I hear regularly from family and cousins via whasapp. There are now about 18 different ways anyone can contact me.

    1. 18 whoaa. Thats a big number no ? :P Curious to find out what all networks U use :)
      Thanks Vishnu for reading and acknowledging the post!


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