Is WhatsApp a lifeline today?

I tried this for ten odd days when I had given my phone for repair and didn’t have a backup phone. I said to myself, “Let’s try living in a world without WhatsApp.”

I put my sim card in a feature phone – which doesn’t have a capability of installation and usage of social media applications and messengers. I had a little bit of ego growing inside of me. Whoever wants to contact me, shall do it in any way. There are other mediums too. They could call me? Or text me. Just like the olden times. The era of late nineties and most of 2000’s.

Most of my contacts didn’t realize that I am off WhatsApp. Well, I had put it on my story. Didn’t they see it? I used to log in on my Facebook account, once in a while, through my laptop to check if it really was the “other” medium of communication. But, I found my inbox empty.

I really didn’t bother so much about my friends and family trying to connect with me or contacting through this application. Because I knew they would do it through any medium, if they really needed me. Whom I got worried about, were my clients. Some of which contacted me ONLY through WhatsApp to place orders. And when finally I made a rough decision of buying a low-budget backup phone and appeared again on WhatsApp, there really was a message from one of my clients {along with hundred other group chat messages and personal messages from friends} and he did give me a couple of orders. If I would have been a week late, I might have not gotten that order.

I really feel that most of us humans have become so dependent on WhatsApp. Probably chained and locked to it. Gone are the days where we used to be without smartphones. Gone are the days where there used to be so much of letter writing. Gone are the days where there used to be one-to-one, face-to-face, real conversations. Hence, I want to ask you this question. Do you really think business should be done on these social messengers? Isn’t electronic mail a better option? Doesn’t it feel more professional? Can WhatsApp and other social messengers be neglected? Just for a little bit of peace, perhaps?

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Orphan – The out of the box horror.

Sometimes, intending to do a good deed and eventually doing it, for the sake of a life and giving a tribute to a baby who couldn’t succeed in being born after dying in a mother’s womb, can also become dangerously harmful. This film is precisely about that.

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Thus, I did a little research on Jaume Collet-Serra, the director of this film and realized that he is the one who also directed Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson. I found out that he had earned his limelight after Orphan, where he helped the child actor (Isabelle) get critically acclaimed for her performance.

The flick has a great concept, kept me absorbed, all the time. I highly find the star cast commendable, especially the lead child actor Isabelle Fuhrman. Orphan is suspenseful and thrilling even though it carries the genre of a psychological horror. With the unbeatable direction, I’d say that Jaume deserves all the recognition for this film, for bringing out the best in the actors such as Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard and making each sequence so intensified and detailed.

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Moreover, the background score by John Ottman is really enhancing the horror scenes, making them scarier. If a director leaves an effect after his film onto your mind, no matter what emotion may it be: happy, scared, thrilled or motivated for a period of time, then I think that director is a mastermind and thus, has the power to create any kind of magic to boggle your mind.

It is a very present-day film.

3.5/5