Books Are Also Status Symbol!
That was then, when many amongst us may not even have been born or barely had learnt to talk and walk - the age of physical books—especially hardcovers— never imagined of ebooks. The signalling function of the latter is near nil, as nobody can usually see what is loaded on our Kindles, Nooks and iPads (unless we choose to show them the cover on the device, but then we would be obvious showoffs). The times have sea changed since then, but not necessarily the basic nature of man and his beliefs. If in the bygone era my brother bought books as status symbols, after he entered the new age of internet and advanced technology and enjoyed the status of a senior, to express his personality, he still needed to possess something physical that he could take delight in displaying as his status symbol. What better buy than the most advanced and much valued version of iPhone. He visited us often in San Francisco on the West coast, flying from the distant Washington D.C. on the East coast - the time difference between the two cities 3 hours - just to consult Alok, our son, on which iPhone to buy that was prestigious to possess, in other words pricy enough to show off. He admired Alok for not only being a prominent software engineer in Silicon Valley, but more so for helping both his sons in setting up their start-up in software, which progressed to become a public company of repute. Of course, he would extend his stay to enjoy Jeet’s cooking for as long as he could afford to be away from work in Washington D.C. The problem with purchase of the recommended iPhone he invariably faced after returning home was that he was one of those people who were just not early adopters. Oh, the iPhone was on Version 6, when he was still struggling to get comfortable working with Version 4? Where had the time flown! But it did not really matter much, he would hurry to buy iPhone 6 before that too lost its showoff luster. And it went on like this, he enjoying to buy his status symbol possessions till he breathed his last a few years back at the age of 92.