Why do we miss people? Does missing someone mean something significant or is it just that somehow the wiring in our brain reminds us of someone? Whatever you call it, we all miss people, don’t we? Sometimes it makes us happy, sometimes sad but we do miss others. Just today, I woke up, thinking of a friend for no reason and wanted to talk to them, but remembered, I can’t. When we miss someone, there is often a reason behind it (no I’m not saying psychic reasons). More often than not, we come across something that reminds us of a person. For instance, if someone talks of, say, butterscotch ice cream and a long lost friend of mine used to love it, may be I’ll think of them. Point is, even though there is no direct reason for us to suddenly be reminded of a person, if we come across things even vaguely related to them, we will most likely miss them. It really does fascinate me how the smallest of things can remind you of someone that you didn’t even know you remembered. But how often do we say it out loud? And even if we want to, to whom shall we say it? Sometimes, the circumstances are such that you aren’t on good terms with the person or you cannot reach them. We can’t tell them we miss them in that case, now, can we? Then, telling how much you miss a person can always be taken the wrong way by the other person, making things awkward.Also, add to that the fact that those who frequently say such words of love to their loved ones are seen as weak, clingy and less independent (I have no idea why it should be so). And in case you’re a loved one reading this (meaning family and friends, duh) then hey, I miss you!
However, missing someone need not mean something always. Sure, if you miss a person almost the whole day, you need to think over what that person means to you. But if you’re reminded of someone randomly and feel like you’re missing them, it isn’t really that big of a deal. When you miss someone, it just means that you miss them. Period. Nothing more and nothing less. I don’t think it is easy to change the culture of India of downloading pirated music…its a reality and it will remain till the foreseeable future. So creating an itunes like service in India will not work according to me. However there are apps like Dhingana and Saavn which work on an Ad based model for streaming music, which I think is the way to go. However due to the slow data speeds and not so great Market penetration for smartphones these Apps have not become as popular as they should be which is disheartening. I don’t think buying individual songs is a bussiness model (Flyte) will work in India. There are other start ups like Bombay Production which also offer a great service with a elegant UI but they are currently lacking Mobile distribution. When they get proper working mobile Apps in the market I think they will surely succeed. Today’s TV or AC remote or the Car-key barely need your touch, the laptop and smartphone don’t even need them; they are all auto-stop, auto-start. Close the laptop lid and walkaway; put the smartphone upside down and all it would do is to purr like a pet cat, even when your Boss is calling. You don’t control the gadget; the gadget controls you. With the new face sensitive phones coming into the market, all you need to switch on-off would be to look-at or look-away from the phone.