Monday, December 29, 2008

A "memorable" experience

Lost my mobile phone

Two weeks back, at a wedding reception, I handed it to my bawling little one in an attempt to pacify her. And apparently she dropped it somewhere. Initially I was so frustrated. The phone was already in a condemnable state and I was waiting to replace it, so no complaints there. But I had lost all my contacts! I wondered how I was going to cope.

With the advent of mobile phones, the practice of remembering telephone numbers is almost extinct. You don't need to, anymore. All you got to do is, press a single button to reach a contact.

But can you believe it, I just happened to remember most of the numbers that I constantly use!

Of course, there are certain people whose numbers I can possibly never forget. Joe, mom, dad, sister, best friends. But besides that, I happened to rememer a lot of important contacts. For example, the Electricity board, LPG booking, the butcher, pharmacy, and few other official contacts. I was amazed at my own memory!

Now, how was that possible? It's very simple, actually. I had often used the landline to dial these.

So, naturally, I had to dial every digit. Now if I had never done that, I could not have remembered even a single number.

But I still have a whole load of contacts missing. But I should be having their email IDs, I hope!
And I have a new phone with the same number. So no great damage done!

It's possible that you might also encounter the same case sometimes. So now and then, try to remember phone numbers in the good old way. Writing them down or taking a back up in someother phone is also fine. But there is nothing like the satisfaction you get when you dial a number out of your own memory and get it right!

And you know what, one of my friends was really impressed when I told her that I remembered her number though I had lost it. I was so proud and pleased!


மாதவராஜ் said...


முதலில் உனது ஞாபக சக்திக்கு பாராட்டுக்கள்.
மொபைல் வருவதற்கு முன்பு எனக்கு இதுபோல நூற்றுக்கும் மேற்பட்ட போன் நம்பர்கள் ஞாபகத்தில் இருந்தது.
போன் நம்பர்கள் டைரி தொலைந்தால் கூட எனக்கு எந்த பாதிப்பும், சிரமும் இருக்காது.
ஒவ்வொரு தடவையும், போன் நம்பர்களை சுழற்றி சுழற்றி, அல்லது அழுத்தி அழுத்தி நமக்குள் பதிந்து போயிருக்கும்.
மொபைல் நமது ஞாபக சக்திக்கு வேலை கொடுக்காமல் அதுவே எல்லாம் செய்வதால், நாம் ரொம்ப வசதியாக நம்பர்களைப் பற்றிய கவலையின்றி இருந்து விடுகிறோம்.
அது தொலையும்போது, மொத்தமாக நாமும் தொலைந்து போன மாதிரி ஆகிவிடுகிறது.
அதிலிருந்து மீள்வதற்கு முடிந்த உன் மீது ஆச்சரியமே வருகிறது.
புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

மாதவராஜ் said...


தலைப்பு, ஹைக்கூ வாக இருக்கிறது!!!!

Deepa J said...


Ramanan said...

The pun in the topic is awesome :)

True, with mobiles we have lost this ability.

Speaking of backups, if you happen to have a SIM which is practicaly useless from the objective of communication, you can load it to your mobile and copy the contacts to the back up SIM. But the downside is you will not be able to store emails or transfer multiple phone number of same contact.

Deepa J said...

Thanks Ramanan! The pun was intended :-D

By the way, the mobile phone has deprived us of one more very pleasurable experience. Letters! I fear my daughter may never know the joy of cherishing a letter or a greeting card from a loved one
penned especially for her.
True the mobile phone stands unsurpassed in connecting people instantly. But that's all it does. connects "and disconnects". It is but a virtual connection.

I suggest we should not lose the habit of writing letters atleast once in a while to our loved ones.
SO we could have something real in hands in the years to look back.

Am i being too sentimental here?

Swami www ji said...

Use the back up and re store function to move ur contacts to ur memory stick(this option is avl in SE phones-contacts/advanced/) and also back it up to ur computer or laptop... next time even if u use a new sim u can restore 1000's of ur contacts from ur computer or mobile memory stick in 2 secs. also u can view all contact info from ur computer itself without havin to plug in ur fone to the system. SE fones got this very useful option n a nice mobile to system software :p

Deepa said...

Swaami ji!

Thanks for the very useful
Unfortunately I go for only the basic models in mobile phonesas I ofteb break them. (by dropping them down) But I'll sure pass on this info to advanced phone users.

Swami www ji said...

oh okies... this feature is there even on the basic n cheap SE w200i..


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