Discussions relating to India and Pakistan always evoke massive interest, arch-rivalry being the obvious cause, and also because people on both sides of the border are essentially the same, except being fed different propaganda by their governments.
With such a scenario, it has always been exciting to know more about the interests, likes and tastes of people from both the countries. Maybe that wasn’t possible during the Pre-90′s but with technology, internet and Google at our disposal, it’s extremely easy to connect and dig more information about the people.
Well, as I mentioned in my previous article about having fun with Google Instant, I used Google instant on both the Indian and Pakistani Google websites to see what they looked out the most in Alphabetical Order. I expected different items for each, but surprisingly, people on both sides seem to love few things in real earnest and equally hate each other in few categories.
Here is a list of what really popped out of my quest :
|A||Amar Ujala||AAIOU (Aiou Allama Iqbal Open University)|
|L||Live Cricket||Live Cricket|
|T||Times of India|
I know very well that using Google Instant isn’t that perfect method to analyse such things, but it does give a general idea of what’s really keeping the people of that country hooked to the internet.
Now, Coming to my quest, What do we get to see for both? Strangely, I isn’t India in Pakistani search or neither P is Pakistan in Indian search. An indicator of change in times, likely.
In a quick glance, we can see that the Religion of Cricket binds both the countries like a endemic. People on both sides hate the other team equally or more than their love for own National Cricket teams, and Cricinfo stands to gains the most of this rivalry. Indians and Pakistanis seem to keep searching for livecricket like a disease. Sometimes it makes me wonder, are these the same people, who parted ways 6 decades ago on religious lines, have now made Cricket as their main religion.
Any layman in both India and Pakistan knows that apart from Cricket, Cinema is the other drug that keeps them running. Unfortunately, all the entertainment content seems to be made by Indian Film industries and with full sincerity, pirated via Pakistani websites. People on both sides seem to make their trip to Songs.Pk for downloading Indian/Pakistani music for free. Actually, it’s the only site that updates its inventory quite regularly than the brick and mortar stores themselves.
One more stark observation is the usual search for proxy in Pakistan. It’s Civilian Monarchy can be the reason to blame for that, with frequent blocking of popular websites and services which would enlighten their people or create chaos in the country. India, relatively fares much better with no web restrictions of any kind, a web paradise of sorts.
Indians seem to hate IRCTC more than Pakistan nowadays. Improvement or Change in times?
Mobile Phones are another things that have recently occupied these countries, with local handset makers sprouting by the dozens. Micromax in India and Qmobile in Pakistan are the most searched ones, and apart from these, Techblogs, numbering in thousands are springing up from India and Pakistan everyday, with nearly repetitive content in all, vying to get the attention of the netizens eye.
Dainik Jagran and Daily Jang are some of the most searched dailies on internet from India and Pakistan. Times of India also features notably on the search despite it’s news being criticized by many as being below par in journalism standards.
If restricted web is the trouble in Pakistan, India suffers with its Railway System giving some worst time to it’s consumers. Indian railways allows people to book tickets online using IRCTC, but the service nearly stays down most of the time during booking. Railways are the only affordable means of travel in a massive nation like India but in reality, booking a ticket on IRCTC is like winning a lottery. With crappy booking systems and under powered servers, Indians now seem to hate IRCTC more than Pakistan.
Well, one can see and analyse other results from the table as per their understanding, but on an overall, Indian and Pakistan searches are really quite weird, amusing and entertaining too. Have fun. Stay Updated.