The mobile telephones and their sophisticated versions have been around for some time.as an
American analyst has pointed out, India
leapfrogged into the communication revolution. Gone are the endless wait for
landline connections, the bureaucratic blockages and the monopoly style functioning.
The latest changes in the legislation permits even wider choice for customers
in case the service provider is not living up to his role.
All this is good augury for a people who were denied
connectivity till now. And lke all blessings they do have a flip side.
Top on the list is the road hazard these mobile phone users
pose. They talk while they are driving. They talk while they are walking. They talk
while they are in a meeting. And they talk even when they are eating. some of
them gesticulate and wildly, sending wrong signals to the people around. They
shout., they argue, they harangue and the person next to them may even think
the whole thing is directed towards him.
As everyone knows, there are more people using the public
transport in developing countries like ours. Imagine the shock of the passenger
next to him if he is woken up with a thud. Haven’t had a moment’s rest after
this revolution started in our parts. More time is spent on conversations than
work in offices..
The disturbance apart, they are engaged in driving at high
speed when they are on the mobile, and cause accidents. Yes, the law is strict
on this. But the overworked police rarely bother. The threat has become more ubiquitous
now, because the pedestrians too are indulging in this orgy. Rpt orgy.
A friend from the media was sharing his problem of
persuading the political bigwigs to beon time for live programmes. One of them
was heading towards the dais when the call came. And he clung to the instrument
for ten minutes. The clock was ticking away for the programmed and others were
already on the dais.He could have saved all this embarrassment by telling the
caller that he was going live on tallyho called him later. Such is not the
practice of leaders.Netas as they are called are above law.
There is hope yet. In a few years perhaps, the trend would
be the reverse. Whoever does without a mobile connection would be considered a dignitary.
Meanwhile the subject is so fascinating that it deserves a book or two, if a
publisher is willing. The title tentatively be “how not to move with the
mobile”. Or mobile is your slave.
campaign against mobiles could start with this slogan: Say no these slave
We are not running a24^7 business. And we do need some space
and time of our own.What say you?