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Saturday, October 9, 2010

My friends. My life. My phone. My universe

Universe, the smart and some of the dreamy ones say, is the ultimate superset. Everything else is within it. What a ludicrous idea. I don’t care what’s beyond the clear blue skies, how many more planets or stars are out there, if there is somebody else like me in one of those planets, sitting there, sipping something similar to a coffee and writing a blog. Well thinking about it, I would be concerned if the blog is for the TATA DOCOMO One Touch Net Phone’s “Share Life” contest on Indiblogger, because that would mean me having more competition and lesser chances to grab that tempting prize money.

Sorry for the digression. The reason why I called it a “ludicrous” idea is because my universe is my life, with me being the core and my friends, family and the others being an intrinsic part of it. I believe (I’m not making this up for the contest), that a life not shared is a life not lived. You could be the most reticent of people but you would still want to share the happenings in your life, good or bad, with somebody, could be an imaginary friend, some stranger across the globe or even a diary. The point I’m trying to make is that, it’s a natural tendency for all and not a random idiosyncrasy.

The concept of “sharing life” wasn’t born with the advent of technology either. It’s been around forever. Some of the oldest sites of archaeological importance have painting or carvings that depict stories of day to day life. Why else would we make the lives of pigeons and eagles a living hell for so long by pestering them to deliver messages.

Luckily for us (and for the birds) things have changed and are consistently changing for the better. Family and friends to me, like for many others, is the most important asset in my life. Unfortunately, as time progresses, we move in different directions, distance increases and it’s so much more difficult to laugh, cry, fight and share so many other emotions. Step by step, man tried to bridge this distance (women, it’s figuratively speaking, so no offence). Telegraph, telephone, snail mail, cell phones, internet, email, social networking, etc are all attempts at this very cause.

Now we had the modes but too many of them and each of them required a separate medium and equipment. To overcome this paradox, a saviour was born - The Smart Phone. Life hasn’t been the same ever since.
Inflation and recession at the same time was God’s idea of a practical joke (it didn’t go down too well though). However, in the clouds of darkness there was a ray of hope. “Sharing life” was getting cheaper. Call and messaging rates were at an all time low, new services were being added and distance wasn’t a factor anymore.

The void in my life was being filled, my friends and family were a few button clicks away, the world wasn’t that big anymore and a sense of completeness, which I was craving for so long, encompassed me. However, it doesn’t just end there. The features and services are getting better by the day. With messengers like Yahoo available on your phone along with an array of other cool features, life can only get better.

With messaging costing peanuts and call rates lower than ever, I am constantly in touch with my loved ones and am in the know of what is happening in their lives. I visit a really cool place and I want my friends to know about it, all I have to do is take a picture on my phone and send it as an email. Or I could just put it on a social networking site and everybody could know about. I could be out all by myself but I know that I’m carrying my universe with me at all times.

I no longer miss my friends and family in spite of being away from them. It’s not that I love them any lesser but I have the means to make their presence felt at all times. Today, my smart phone is not just another member in my universe, it is the glue which holds my universe together. 


This post is written as a part of the TATA DOCOMO One Touch Net Phone’s “Share Life” contest on Indiblogger. If you liked the article, I’d appreciate it if you vote for me by clicking the “promote this post” button on Indiblogger and it might take me one step closer to the booty. I might just share it with you ;)


Cheers!

9 comments:

Rakesh @ Wizard Journal said...

Hmm... that's quite innovative idea mate, are you also participating in the indiblogger contest, just like me.

Well, i think if you have many, you have a chance to win, too good post and what a blog design, is it wordpress or blogger.

Well, i participated too!! wanna vote for me.

http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34842
http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34779
http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=35039
http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=35002

And if you would like to read my blog - the url is www.wizardjournal.com and www.cwgbookings.com I hope we can be blogger buddies.

ABI said...

good going go go.. d diction seems better init...:D and jus love the way u hv put t n pen.. :) and gud luck wid the contest.. and wish u all success..

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Rakesh-- Thank you. It is a blogger template. I'm glad you liked my post.

I'll go through yours too. And yeah, we can be "blogger buddies".

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi---- thank you Abi. I'm glad you liked it. And about the contest, I have my fingers crossed.

gayathri sharma said...

A probing, thoughtful title and very well written !
Good luck with the contest!

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Gayathri--- thank you so much :)

umapoems said...

Liked your post and its true now with more features,lower call rates,cell phone is really a boon !
Voted..check mine too
A Woman's life

umapoems said...

Liked your post and its true now with more features,lower call rates,cell phone is really a boon !
Voted..check mine too
A Woman's life

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Gayathri--- thank you so much :)