Story of a lost journalist

June 19, 2008

Pesty cell phones!

Filed under: Just talking — Cris @ 22:50

I was talking to a friend about cell phones today. My generation kids actually started using it towards the end of college or when they started working. By the time I got mine, my younger cousins in school were already using one.

At that time, it was like a dream coming true. Wow phone calls and messages from my own phone! Wow, double wow and triple wow! One week of phone calls and messages and all the excitement died down. And after the first phone bill, my father knocked his head on the wall. I have an idea he was trying to give me a message. But you know how these messages are. They always go over your head. So the knock-on-wall became a monthly ritual on bill-day.

Now when you read about cell phones not being advisable for kids under 16, you canโ€™t imagine how one could probably think of an alternative. You forget that a decade back, this is how all kids lived and they did fine without having parental authorities keep track of every movement (or knock heads!).

Recently I suggested to my mother about giving up my cell phone. It was becoming a pest, especially on bill days! I inherited the knocking skills from my Dad. But my mother wouldnโ€™t hear a word of it; to her it was like losing something that connected me to her every second she wanted to.

Technology! Sometimes you just donโ€™t know if you should love it or hate it.




  1. “It was becoming a pest, especially on bill days!” ??? You can check balance whenever you want can’t you ?

    Comment by arun — June 20, 2008 @ 00:22 | Reply

  2. @arun, Yes I meant the day I have to pay it ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by Cris — June 20, 2008 @ 08:16 | Reply

  3. oh. now i realize that your fon has outgoing too. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by deepak — June 20, 2008 @ 09:56 | Reply

  4. Cell phones sometimes you feel they are unnecessary and are a hindrance when people are having a conversation. I feel that is the pestiness about mobiles that I hate. However as your mom says it helps us to be in touch with our loved ones always. We ll have to live with the bills though. The good thing about the bills are that the tariff is at the lowest it has ever been.

    Comment by justajester — June 20, 2008 @ 11:18 | Reply

  5. @deepak, hehe you got me there
    @justajester, yeah I agree, still sometimes I cant help wishing I could go back to the pre-cell-phone era. And using a word I learnt today, I am becoming an anachronism!

    Comment by Cris — June 20, 2008 @ 11:49 | Reply

  6. i share your feelings about cell. I have a love-hate relationship with them .
    love them when just a press of a few buttons gets me in touch with the people who matter to u but live miles and miles awasy.
    hate it when it becomes a tool for remote control.
    cant live without them. a necessary evil.

    Comment by kochuthresiamma p j — June 20, 2008 @ 14:37 | Reply

  7. Convert that postpaid to prepaid plan.. Opt for any life long validity plan and thats it!! Never recharge your account and use it as an incoming-only-device …:D

    Comment by Srijith — June 20, 2008 @ 14:38 | Reply

  8. Mobile….a necessary evil! giving it up completely feels a bit far fetched…Isn’t it?

    Comment by sajith — June 20, 2008 @ 21:07 | Reply

  9. Even I don’t like the bills. Been bringing it down in the past couple of months.

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — June 21, 2008 @ 22:56 | Reply

  10. @kochuthresiamma, exactly my feelings! It wont stop being a necessary tool, it becomes a non-stop chitter chatter!
    @Srijith, hehe maybe I should
    @sajith, acutally no! Now-a-days I dont bother to recharge my phone when the battery dies out. Life has been peaceful ever since!
    @Nikhil, congratulations! You mind sharing the procedure?

    Comment by Cris — June 22, 2008 @ 00:12 | Reply

  11. Interesting point of view ๐Ÿ™‚ I will keep likin it tho…

    Comment by Renji John — June 22, 2008 @ 02:40 | Reply

  12. @Renji, this means war ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by Cris — June 22, 2008 @ 14:40 | Reply

  13. Hmm! do not do it when you are out of home…..You may have to hear some nice words from your mom ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by sajith — June 22, 2008 @ 18:21 | Reply

  14. I think if I ever was out of a cell phone I think that it would feel as though I lost a part of my body…sad I know…

    Comment by Lauren — June 25, 2008 @ 05:08 | Reply

  15. @sajith, I know what you mean hehe ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Lauren, yeah probably I would too. Its easy to curse it when I know I still have it. Sigh

    Comment by Cris — June 26, 2008 @ 14:49 | Reply

  16. When you live a lonely life they are the best companion who make it easy for you to reach your loved ones when you want and where you want..

    Comment by Javed Miandad — February 26, 2012 @ 05:53 | Reply

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