New Delhi: For millions
across the country, logging on to their iPads or iPhones will
always bring back memories of the man who rattled the tech space
with his gadgets. India's GenNow Thursday reacted with condolence
messages and odes for Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs who died after
prolonged illness in the US.
"Even though Indians were late to get into the groove created by
Apple gadgets such as iPod, iPad and iPhone, the revolution could
be felt. It was like being in a different technological era. We
can't have another Steve Jobs again," Ayush Gogoi, a student of
Hansraj College in Delhi University, told IANS.
Schoolgoer Samarth Gupta said, "The czar of Silicon Valley is no
more. The coming generation will be more tech savvy, and we are
surely going to miss him."
Jobs, 56, who had been battling cancer for years and died
Wednesday, spearheaded the concept of a personal computer and of
navigating them by clicking onscreen images with a mouse to lead a
cultural transformation in the digital age.
The virtual world a click away on their mobile phones or tablets,
Indian youth identified Apple with Jobs, with many speculating
whether the company would be able to bring out more revolutionary
gadgets after his demise.
"No other company has been able to even go an inch closer to what
Apple gave under Steve. He has been iconic…Jobs was a wizard and
to fill his void in Apple could be tough," said 25-year-old Manish
Bajaj, who got his first Iphone from the US.
Indian internet users were sad to hear about the death as blogs,
Twitter, Facebook and other websites were flooded with messages
for Apple co-founder.
'R.I.P Steve Jobs', 'Miss you Legend Steve', 'Thank you, Steve'
were just some of the status messages and hashtags that had
swarmed the web even as Facebook alone had over 25 'RIP Steve
Jobs' fan pages created within 12 hours of the visionary's demise.
"RIP Steve Jobs- A legend, a hero...," wrote 23-year old Avesta
Gupta on Facebook.
The country has 52 million internet users, according to the
Internet and Mobile Association of India. Of the 635 million
mobile phone subscribers in India, more than 16 million access the
internet on their phone, according to Facebook.
The tech-savvy GenNow identified with Jobs for not just what he
brought out to the world but also his struggle to pioneer the
Dhruvika Ganguly, 25, quoted Jobs on Facebook: "R.IP Steve. These
lines shall always remain etched in our minds: 'Your time is
limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be
trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other
people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown
out your own inner voice. - STEVE JOBS."
Hashtags #RIP Steve Jobs, #Thank you Steve also trended on