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Shvoong Home>Lifestyle>Family & Relations>Ringing in the Hold Review

Ringing in the Hold

Personal Experience Review   by:nitishanigam    
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Time is running out for the traditional alarm clock, thank to the technological miracle called the mobile phone. According to a UK poll of nearly 1,500 people, the timepiece that charts its way to disappearing from people’s bedside cabinets. The study found that of those polled, 82per cent owned a mobile phone, with over half of them using it as an alarms clock. Like radios and typewriters, (alarms) clocks will soon be tossed into the dustbin of history. Even wristwatches are fast losing their prime purpose because all mobiles have the facility to display the exact time. Wristwatch is now more of a fashion statement, acting as ornamental accessories. A new invention always pushes back the old one. Remember the fate of the pager. Dose anyone still use it? Pager companies that exited till 2001 are defunct as the mobile phone replaced the pager in such a sweeping manner that people don’t even remember that there was a time, not long back, when pagers ruled the roost. Tape-recorders, two in one and the walkman all met with the same fate.DVDs, MP3s, the i pod, blackberry and laptop also have a certain lifespan after which they will fade into oblivion and be replaced by something technologically more sophisticated.

A few days back, I stumbled upon a road side vendor’s huge cassette collection –in Mumbai surprised, I asked him weather there people who still bought cassettes. He said, “yes, but not for listening purpose” “then what on earth do they buy cassettes for?” I asked him. His reply was a revelation. He enlightened me that villagers from nearby villages and towns come and purchased cassettes in bulk to use the zinc tapes to polish their wares and shine leather to give it a smooth look. The tanneries in Kanpur, Kolhapur (for Kolhapuri chapels) and Kolkata’s chine town use discarded audio cassettes for this purpose. I am told. It seems a write-up on this phenomenon also appeared in a foreign newspaper a couple of years back. What an innovation. I thought .it reminded me of a very intelligent way of using old washing machines as mixers in a northern state in India! People in That state continue to use washing machines in this way even today. Nothing should be washed is their philosophy. And in a small town, Azra, in Pakistan’s restive north-west Fortier province, there was a restaurant called ‘Gramophone restaurant’ the food there used to be served on discarded LP records now used as plates! Nowhere have I found such an innovative use of LP records.Meanwhile, in a Venice restaurant, vintage cars from the 1930s and 1940s serve as cabins for the patrons. The once ubiquitous typewriter is now used in an old-age home in panaji, Goa, where the constant tapping of the keys sends insomniacs among the old people to sleep! A man has been especially appointed to work on the antediluvian machine. As has been observed before, nostalgic memories and images are the best lullabies. And when we talk of our uncanny fascination for old things, how can one forget the bell-bottom of the early 1970s? A tailor-sorry, a sartorial expert-in kolkata still has a few regular customers, who come to him for Amitabh bachchan-style bell-bottoms. They don’t seem to want to come out of that era when bell-bottoms did as much good a job cleaning the roads as they did lending a trendy look.It wouldn’t be surprising if we innovative Indians find a novel way of utilizing clocks that are no longer needed. People might hurl them at players and politicians instead of stone, tomatoes and eggs, when bored with the proceedings.

Published: May 10, 2012   
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