There are a great many things out there that I think I can do without quite easily: make-up, fancy clothes, high heels, T.V./video player, microwave, handphone, aircon, icecream, hot water and yes, even chocolate.
I was having that conversation with a friend from India, and then we got on to what we didn’t have when we were growing up, but had now and just couldn’t do without…
I said: The internet, because it is my way of keeping in contact with my scattered family – on a daily basis if we want – as well as a valuable tool for my work as a writer and a way of maintaining friendships.
My Indian friend said she had once posed that same question to an elderly Indian lady, to which the woman replied without hesitation: ‘Running water.’ As a child and young adult, much of her day had been spent getting water from the river.
I’m still grateful for the internet, but … yeah. There are other things which might be a tad more basic. Which many folk still don’t have.