Thanks everyone for the appreciation towards the first post. It just gives me more motivation to come out here and share more about my experiences. The one thing I hope to talk about today, is digitalization and my experience with it in three worlds.
Well, it’s a great thing which right now is helping me to share all these little things that make these three worlds such an interesting place in their own unique way. But I gotta struggle with wifi here as they don’t put connections at a farm where I live so I use hotspot on my phone to connect my laptop. In India and US internet has become cheap and Internet is available everywhere and its unlimited. But when it comes to providing internet at public places then India is behind US where the public places also have good internet and speed. US no doubt is much more advanced than the other countries, but I see India catching up. I can pay through my phone at a tap using Apple pay in the US, and in e-payment in India has grown tremendously after demonetization however Zambia still lacks even proper card payment options at most places.
Online home delivery options just by tapping on your phone are plenty in the US and India but Zambia is still coming up with these kinds of options and often people call directly to the restaurants to place an order. And yes, I miss Zomato and Yelp and how they are so convenient to look at all the different options of food you have and actually check out the ambience of the restaurants. The same goes for online shopping, Amazon has made it super convenient in India and the US to order anything that you want online but in Zambia there is no good platform for online shopping yet. You can order from these foreign online websites that delivery internationally but be ready to pay a hefty amount of duties and import fees. Online platforms for banking and payments are available in every country but the user interface and availability of functions to perform vary gradually. Of course, the transfer options are available everywhere but the ability to deposit a check for example cannot be done online in Zambia or India. But that reminds me how much fraudulent banking transactions happen in the US whereas India and Zambia definitely are much less than there. I don’t have the statistics, but it will be interesting to look deeper into it at some point.
These kinds of tech changes in our life over the decade have made our lives more easy and convenient day to day. We sometimes forget how times have changed, especially for our generation. Sometimes I feel that maybe it was a way of preparing us for this pandemic so that most of the things can just happen over a single tap on our phone?