In her passage of time talk, novelist Abha Dawesar explains how technology affects the way humans perceive time. The Abha Dawesar speech begins as she recounts her experience during Hurricane Sandy, where she noticed the number of people braving the elements to charge their cellular phones. Placing the need to be plugged in along with basic needs like water and food demonstrates the enormous role technology plays in daily life. According to Abha, more people in India have access to mobile phones than toilets.
She emphasizes the need to stay present in her passage of time talk. The technological ability to archive data and be accessible to friends from different time periods skews our perception of time. People need to be aware of the bigger picture of their lives and how smaller moments fit into it.