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25 Years of Internet in India: Top Examples, How Technology Has Changed Our Lives

As public Internet in India completes 25 years, we attempt to take you back in time to show how we now do the things that we did then.

Tech | News18 | August 15, 2020, 12:06 am
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 As public Internet in India completes 25 years, we attempt to take you back in time to show how we now do the things that we did then. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

As public Internet in India completes 25 years, we attempt to take you back in time to show how we now do the things that we did then. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Shopping: There was a time when the number of shopping bags defined our happiness. But the concept of placing orders online has changed the way we now look at the very idea of shopping (and window shopping). Now the discounts and speed of delivery are the measures of our happiness. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Shopping: There was a time when the number of shopping bags defined our happiness. But the concept of placing orders online has changed the way we now look at the very idea of shopping (and window shopping). Now the discounts and speed of delivery are the measures of our happiness. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Movie Tickets: From those coloured paper tickets to scannable qr code. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Movie Tickets: From those coloured paper tickets to scannable qr code. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Reading newspapers/magazines: Not too long ago, so many of us would start our day reading the newspaper while sipping morning tea, and now with news apps, Facebook updates and tweets the dedicated habit of newspaper and magazine reading is becoming a thing of the past. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Reading newspapers/magazines: Not too long ago, so many of us would start our day reading the newspaper while sipping morning tea, and now with news apps, Facebook updates and tweets the dedicated habit of newspaper and magazine reading is becoming a thing of the past. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Radio: The Internet has revived the radio. Now it is called music streaming. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Radio: The Internet has revived the radio. Now it is called music streaming. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Physical Ludo to playing online with friends across the globe. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Physical Ludo to playing online with friends across the globe. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Communication: The joy of writing letters is incomparable. Internet may have made communication faster and easier, but many of us still miss sending and receiving handwritten letters. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Communication: The joy of writing letters is incomparable. Internet may have made communication faster and easier, but many of us still miss sending and receiving handwritten letters. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Renting video cassettes: Release of a new movie in the past would mean waiting for it to be available at the nearest VHS rental stores. When was the last time you had rented one? (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Renting video cassettes: Release of a new movie in the past would mean waiting for it to be available at the nearest VHS rental stores. When was the last time you had rented one? (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Asking for an address: We earlier had simple opportunities to strike a conversation with strangers. Pointing to an address on a slip, many of us have used this statement,

Asking for an address: We earlier had simple opportunities to strike a conversation with strangers. Pointing to an address on a slip, many of us have used this statement, "Bhaisahab, ye kahan padega?" And the reply would come somehow like, "Aage se daaye, fir T-point se baayein, aur fir seedha jaake..." Now the staccato voice from the navigation app shows us the way. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

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 Wallet: Chunky wallet full of notes and coins to e-wallets. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

Wallet: Chunky wallet full of notes and coins to e-wallets. (Image: Rajkamal Aich/News18)

  • First Published: August 15, 2020, 12:06 am

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