An ode to my cell phoneJanuary 29, 2023
When my first cell phone landed in my abode
My BSNL landline went into sleep mode
I made my first call sitting on my recliner
This time I didn't have to go to the phone corner.
I make calls from anywhere
That's why it's called a 'mobile' per se
It has come in many avatars ever since
Each year or two, I buy one of its latest kins.
I can also store numbers in contacts
I just have to retrieve and make calls
There's no need to recall any number
Nor is there a need for a phone logger.
With wifi, I access Google to get any information
I watch videos on YouTube and read my mails spot on
My laptop is feeling lonely
Because I use it hardly.
I also make all payments and deposits
I keep track of all my accounts
I don't make visits to bank anymore
Gone are the days of yore.
I am active on social apps
In touch with my family and pals
We don't meet in person on the side
For they live far and wide.
Photos speak many words they say
We exchange them everyday
I also don't hesitate to take selfies
In my cupboard my camera lies.
With Google Maps, I navigate
Inbuilt torch gives me light in spate
I can also sing or play music as I please
My radio player is just a showpiece.
I watch soap serials at leisure
I see movies, web series in equal measure
India and world news are also on call
My 50" smart TV is idle in the hall.
My cell displays time, day and date
Calculator helps me calculate
There's a health app too for wellness
My smart watch is now made useless.
An app helps me consult a doctor for my woes
In the video call, he hears me out and prescribes medicines
I order them online that come home in two hours
An otherwise tiring trip I avoid in due course.
I can even order food when I want
And I get to choose the restaurant
Or shop for anything under the sun
Why go out and face traffic tantrum?
I book an auto or cab when needed
It knows my location indeed
Although it comes in different prices
We are now addicted to its services.
Every one carries a cell phone in hand
It is more than a PAN or Aadhar card
Walking, driving or even idling
To me, cell phone usage is baffling.