We bought a new fridge and a new washing machine recently; upgraded is the right word. And isn’t it what we do all the time? Buying new, discarding old, upgrading? It is a common phenomenon in the current times. The definition of what is old or obsolete has changed. Our fridge must have been about 7-8 years old (my husband had bought it before marriage), while the semi-automatic Washing machine was passed on from my in-laws after marriage. So, it must have been around 7-8 years old too. We never felt the need to buy a bigger fridge earlier because the 160 liter one would suffice for our needs, while we never used the washing machine. I can count the number of times I have used it in last 5 years, on my fingers. Our clothes used to be washed by our maid. It was much easier, whites separate, clothes those were bleeding colours separate, kitchen clothes separate, floor mats separate, etc etc.
Anyways, we decided to get a bigger fridge and a bigger machine because there was a need now. I am proud of the fact that neither of us wants to buy bigger things because everyone is having it, but only when there is a need. We have a friend who is obsessed with buying everything big – King-size bed, 60-inches Plasma, big furniture etc which has cramped up space in his home. I don’t understand why people don’t buy as per the space available. I like clean look in home. Everything should be as per the size of the apartment, so that it decorates the interiors and not look crowded!
But I digress. So, I was saying, we don’t have a Plasma / LCD / LED TV. We have the old flat screen TV but for its category, it is very sleek. We bought it right after our marriage. So, this TV is 5 years old. My husband does bring it up once in a while that we should buy an LED TV or so but I put my foot down. The point is no one watches TV in my home. It is just a decorative item. I refuse to spend 30-40K just so that we have a fancy new gadget. My husband is a techno-freak, so that is his fascination in buying the latest technology but we don’t need it.
All through our lives, we keep pursuing the bigger things (also the latest in technology) – bigger TV / washing machine / car / home and so on and so forth. On one hand our wants should not be disturbing our peace of mind and on the other hand we must be conscious of the kind of wastage we are generating, discarding old stuff before it has lived its life. Add to that the lessons we are teaching our kids.