Food, Shelter, Clothing and...Cell Phone !

Sep 18, 2010

I remember sitting on that little chair, nervous, all ready for my oral exam finals. My teacher asked me the three basic necessities of life and with a relieved sigh I blurted out, “food, shelter and clothing.” A little over a decade later, I wonder if the new editions of the text books have been printed with an addition to the list - the cell phone!
The emergence of the little gadget in our lives and the resulting dependence of our lives on this wonder of technology has indeed been amazing. Not long ago, getting to see a cell phone somewhere at least once a day made us feel lucky. Today, not sighting a cell phone at least once a minute would mean serious problems with our eyesight. They are just everywhere! And with everyone! The emergence of the cell phone has revolutionized modern society, modern business and the modern way of thinking. But in spite of all that the cell phone has done to make our lives better, there are still some who consider it a bane rather than a boon. I would like to shed more light on this debate rather than refresh your memory on the well-known benefits of the device.

The one and only argument of those who fail to recognize the cell phone as a boon is that the world and all the activities in it had gone on smoothly even before its invention. Fair enough. But that was a world in which we needed about a week to say ‘hi’ by post to our friends across our state borders and about a month to our friends overseas. Lifestyles then were more systematic and based on routine. There was little communication to be done during the day with people who would not be met till dusk. Emergencies were minimal.

But life today is super fast. Everything around us happens quickly. We work faster, doctors heal patients faster, buildings come up faster and travel is faster (that too in Mangalore without proper roads!). In such situations, cell phones are an absolute must. If I have to give my own example, my college was about sixty kilometers away and I used to travel everyday. Given the state of the Karkala-Mangalore road and the expertise of the Air Force-trained private bus drivers, I would any day have chosen my cell phone over food or clothing if I had to make a choice! Our college also had recognized this need and`introduced mobile lockers where we could deposit our phones during the day. Not that all of us used them!

Well, we have heard that too much of something is bad and the same definitely applies in the case of cell phones as well. Youngsters are found hooked on to their phones day and night as if there would be no tomorrow. Some who have not used a pen for ages can type text messages in the blink of an eye. Most certainly, that is talent too! But the world would be better if that talent had been channeled into something more productive. Keeping in touch with people far away through phone is good but let us not forget to at least pass a courteous wish to the person beside us. All this would only help in silencing those who still grumble that with the advent of the cell phone, human touch will eventually be lost ! 

by Mario Monteiro - Mangalore
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Comment on this article

  • Madhu, Srinagar J&K

    Thu, Sep 23 2010

    It reminds me of the good olden days (before 4 months) when i would keep intouch with friends and family through text messages...You must be wondering why not now...??arey text messages are banned here...(for security reasons...) Missing my amazing speed of texting and the joy of being intouch every moment...

  • Daphnie Flona, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2010

    Nice Article. Keep Writing. All the best.!

  • Anupama, Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 21 2010

    Well written. I remember we used to have pen pals or pen friends when we were young. Looks like that concept has vanished.

  • Bharath, Mnagalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    very nice article and wonderfully written..i liked the tinge of humor in it.. good job:) all the best :)

  • Anuradha, Mangalore/Pune

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Good Article..! I remember just 6 yrs ago, the coin phone at college entrance was the only means to get in touch with anyone at home. But now I dont think I've been to a coin phone since 3 yrs or so...

  • Bharath, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    nice article wonderfully written..

  • Praahas, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Nice one Monteiro!!keep it going!!

  • Jimmy Noronha, Bellore, Lucknow

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    Gone are the days when one had to get into those dirty, stinking and suffocating telephone booths to make a call and thanks to mobile we are all spared of such an ordeal. It is really a good gadget if used sensibly, and within certain parameters.

  • Sudhir Kamath, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    Hey, neat and apt...true to its every word! nice work mario...Waiting for more...

  • Avil, Bajpe/Singapore

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    it was nice reading your article Mario!

  • mario dcunha, mangalore

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    Wow.... neat article... very apt!

  • Rochelle D'sa, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    This is very true!! good job Mario!!! All the best for the next 1 !!!

  • Munita Veigas, Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 19 2010

    Nice one Mario..!!


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  • Violet Concessao, Valencia,Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 18 2010

    Mario,all the best.Good article,well written.Keep writing. God bless you.

  • Alex D' Souza, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Sep 18 2010

    Dear all,

    No doubt, cell phones are everywhere. I am yet to find any serious business transacted over phone excepting a few appointments made. There is a young spectacled Indian girl, residing close to our office, witness to me every morniong while I reach office and scaring me all the same (she might slip somewhere and fall under my tyres) because, while she walks the footpaths, her eyes are glued to the mobile and fingers texting and simultaneously listening to ... what I don't know.

    Colleges passing mallige's by phones and adults recording gossip on others (may be murders are less cruel sometimes) these are the utilities of the phones???

    Let us wait for the next gen where u will find people watching movies, sports and themselves & others on telephone handsets and living in cyberworld and not on this land !!!!!

    Look forward, my dears lest you falter....

  • anita, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 18 2010

    i loved this article it is really true.

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