Antariksh Bothale, 22, does not own a single Apple product, but he admired Steve Jobs, founder of technology giant Apple Inc. “As engineers, we often need to learn how to create products that everybody from a geek to a grandparent can use easily. Jobs managed to do just this, while also being at the helm of innovation,” said Bothale, a final-year student at the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai.
On Thursday morning, thousands of people from across the city mourned the death of the 21st century tech icon. Social networking sites were abuzz with adulatory messages for the former chief operating officer of Apple Inc. Facebook was flooded with quirky tributes such as, “Creativity will reign in heaven now” and “iSad. RIP”.
Kameshwari Srinivasan, 21, a graphic designer, noted that Jobs’ influence went beyond the products he created. “People who have a life story like his become role-models, which is why his death has provoked such a response. It is more about the things he said than the position he held,” she added.
Jobs’ inspiring 2005 speech at the Stanford University features as a chapter in the Class 12 English textbook for the Maharashtra state board students. “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life,” Jobs told the Stanford students in his address.
Ketan Mehta, a corporate communications head at an automotive group and an Apple junky dedicated a Facebook page to Jobs. “Steve Jobs’ out-of-the box (literally out of the pale plastic box) thinking is changing the way people 'live' in this all-connected world. He has started to look like ‘Mahatma’ (Gandhi) with his lean body and round rimmed glasses,” reads the page while comparing the two great minds.
On the other hand, there are those who remained unmoved. “If he made better and beautiful products it makes him a better businessman, not a world-changing messiah. And even if he was a visionary, why should I, sitting in Mumbai, which Apple has consistently thought too third world to have any interest in, care?” said Madhavankutty Pillai, a media professional.