The role of smartphones in changing our lives is hyped. Yes, we talk about information inclusion, e-governance and digital payments but one cannot deny the fact that smartphones are mostly used for entertainment and socialising. Smartphones so far have failed to improve the standard of living of the masses. Before washing machines, clothes were washed near rivers with hard water and detergents. Washing clothes were one of the most tedious jobs of women in India. Polluting potable water resources and carrying heavy wet clothes back home, automation was truly welcomed here. Washing Machines liberated Indian women giving her time to do other chores like teaching kids, shopping and even acting as a helping hand to her husband in paddy fields.
The washing machine is definitely an important invention. To the point where I don’t think people can truly comprehend the world one where it didn’t exist. Some say that automation kills jobs. The introduction of washing machines in developing countries like India didn’t take away the job of a Dhobi ( laundry guy ). In fact, the laundry industry themselves invested in mechanisation for bigger clients like hospitals, hotels and Indian Railways. Fast forward 30 years to today, you can still see busy workers at Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai.
The washing machine allowed the use of harsher chemicals like bleach and hot water in washing clothes. This helped to control the spread of germs and insects like bugs or lice. Thanks to the washing machine, over the years there has been a decrease in spreading of skin diseases. Bed sheets of hospital patients having TB, Aids, Hepatitis are potential infection spreaders and the health of person washing is at risk. The washing machine has probably saved millions of lives.
Washing Machine was seen as a disruptor in home technology segment in India. In the 1980s, washing machine topped the list of wedding gifts. It truly liberated a women by giving her that extra time to think and act and read. The happiness of getting a washing machine in the 80s is much much higher than getting a Samsung Galaxy S8. I am not anti-smartphone here. The smartphone failed to transform lives of ordinary Indians due to higher internet cost, network issues etc. Even today, feature phone has a higher penetration when compared to a smartphone in India. With the Great Indian Telco rivalry, feature phones are set to become smart though.
The so called ‘developed’ world needs to learn from developing nations like India. A home is incomplete without a washing machine. The reason why tech enthusiasts don’t talk much that this great product called ‘The Washing Machine’ because it has become a need while the smartphone is still a want. But if you still need some help in buying washing machines, these are some great buys.
Whirlpool 7.5 kg Fully Automatic with 360-degree wash technology – Rs. 23,000
IFB 9.5 kg fully automated front load – Rs. 30,000
Budget buy: Haier 6 kg Fully Automated top load – Rs. 12,000
Brands – Whirlpool, Samsung, LG, IFB, Bosch.
It is recommended to buy large home tech from your nearest dealers for better installation.