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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Day in life without a cell phone

Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Impossible. 

That's how each one of us would react if asked to spend an entire 24 hrs without a cellphone. 
But as always. Life teaches us how to adapt and make the most out of the situations. 
I had no option. It wasn't an experiment nor was it deliberate. The iPhone charger was under the weather since a couple of days. As a result of which, my mobile started getting some hiccups. Acting as a layman I started with some home remedies and kept dragging on. But finally things gave way.

It was a Sunday and a day of relaxation. My initial hospital rounds were over when the phone finally got bedridden and refused to move. 
I was attending a conference when my 24 hrs journey sans my cellphone started. Nobody could disturb me now. I was away from the city and listening to the speaker with full intent. The first 30 mins or so, I kept fidgeting with the sick gadget not still ready to believe that it wasn't working. The auditorium was packed with a full capacity crowd. After the initial couple of hours, the silence of the phone started to get deafening.  Case discussions, debates, cross questions. It was all happening. But the mind didn't seem to focus anywhere else now. When would I be able to restart this techno? I finally accepted my fate and thought that it would be a good idea to make the most of this situation and learn how to live life without it. So, there were no further attempts made to restore normalcy.

Before hitting the sack, I realized that the day had passed off very peacefully. No pesky calls. No patient worries. Indeed it was a relaxing Sunday. 
The entire night I kept dreaming about the charge of the phone. Whether it was 20% or less didn't matter. What was important was that after so many years the dreams has been so vivid tonight.

There wasn't any alarm to wake me up. My biological clock had already set itself to 630 hrs since years. The morning didn't begin with the usual greeting messages. There was no whatsapp status updates nor Facebook status uploads. After a quick shower and breakfast, I left for work early since I had an extra job at hand - Purchasing the charger. 
I couldn't check my schedule for the day. Nor could I confirm my reminders. Panic had started to set in. I had to make use of the hospital landlines to make the necessary calls. Enough was enough. 
As I was set to leave for the Apple store, I realised how badly paralyzed life was without the services of a smartphone. I couldn't decide the best route to reach my destination. I desperately needed the Google maps - preposterous!!

Sanity prevailed and by late afternoon I was back in the company of my partner, my phone. How peaceful was life without the gizmo. I did however dare to turn it off for the rest of the day.

It's worth attempting this venture. Our mind does need some rest. Even on a vacation, we tend to carry it along, either not to miss the so called important calls or to avail the wifi services and keep the important chats going on. We have participated in the Earth day where we have switched off our power for a couple of hours. We have also involved ourselves in No TV day. Let's try a No Mobile Day now. Switch off your handsets and see the difference. 
Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realise that they were the big things. 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Holiday


" The Holiday" - heralds the end of the Holiday season. Starring, the mighty Akshay Kumar, as the Indian Army officer who has come home for a holiday and gets involved in saving Mumbai from the throngs of terrorism and Sonakshi Sinha, the not so petite girl whom he woos for marriage. 

The movie starts off very interestingly, and keeps the audience hooked to their seats with the thrills. However, the execution falters big time. The script is promising but doesn't live upto expectations. The romantic overtures between the lead pair lack chemistry. The romance is practically non existent. Songs are pleasant to the ear but highly misplace
While, Akshay does look convincing in the action stunts, Sonali just plays an extended special appearance. Wonder, why she accepts such non substantial roles. Is it a result of her rigid non-kissing policy on screen? 
Farhad, as the debutante Villain would have made Johny Lever look more apt as the terrorist. 
Entertaining in bits and pieces, the other release Filmistan, would have been a better choice. 

The Holiday - http://youtu.be/1tzTbuq-ImQ, the other version would have been more appealing.