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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Phony Thoughts!

New Delhi, March 25, 2010
Lady Gaga's video scores billion web hits

Pop sensation Lady Gaga's eye-grabbing music video Telephone has propelled her into a new league by making her first artist in history to snare over a billion video Internet hits. Gaga's conversational video with Beyonce Knowles is considered to be her raunchiest video so far.

Reading the above news instantly took me back several decades down the memory lane to another era, another all-time hit song from film Patanga, featuring ace comedian Gope (playback singer Chitalkar) and bewitching Bollywood star Nigar Sultana (playback singer Shamshad) on long distance call: Mere piyaa gaye ranguun, Kiyaa hai vahaan se telifuun, Tumhaarii yaad sataatii hai, Jiyaa mein aag lagaatii hai ( my husband has gone to rangoon, has telephoned from there, your thoughts are tormenting me, sets fire to my heart).

That was in the Forties when phones in India were not very common and telephone connection at your home automatically included you amongst the elite in your town. Rotary dialing was the only way to dial that resulted in frequent wrong number calls and redialing. Thinking of then, I could never imagine the now, when I don't have to dial at all to make a call. On my birthday, my son gave me a new mobile in which Voice Dialing makes the call for you, when you say the name of any person in your address book. You can also tell the numbers to dial which is especially useful if you are using your mobile phone in the car. No more looking for telephone numbers. No more dialing long numbers. Call anyone you know - just by saying their name or number. Another equally simple way to make calls is to say "Call Back" after listening to a voice mail message. Voice Dialing places a call to the phone number of the person who left the voice mail. No more writing down phone numbers while listening to voice mail. Can easily call people back whether they remember to leave their phone number in the message or not. No need to hang up and then dial any digits - just say "call back".

It is now over two years since I got that gift. The fast growth in telephone technology must have made my mobile outdated, though I am still very happy with it for the convenience of just calling the number instead of pressing numbers, though it sometimes presents amusing situation, when I call someone while walking on a sidewalk. The person walking just ahead of me thinks I called him. This brings me to another interesting development during early years of the mobile. There was a time when I felt very concerned for the man on the road who was talking aloud to himself. Poor man, I thought, must be under too much stress or worse still, a victim of nervous breakdown. No more concern or compassion for the man now. Not that I have become callous or insensitive, but because I know for certain that the man is not sick, he is only using his cellphone, discreetly designed to be invisible to others. And he has company, most others on the road doing the same thing, talking to themselves while walking or driving.

Ironically, most of the time we all talk to ourselves when talking on 'phone. It is because of the prevailing trend not to pick up the phone, but to let the caller keep talking to the answering machine. Incidentally, answering machine is actually a 'no answer machine'. It loses its voice after the beep. You may keep talking into the machine but without expecting it to answer your queries. The right to answer rests with the owner of the machine, who may respond to your call at his will, or may not call back at all, depending on your identity as a caller. Gadgets like this motivate the modern man to play games with another man, rather than have the joy of reaching out to him with a warm response.

People have always enjoyed taking photos. This first started with the ordinary camera. With the changing times, the camcorder is the most used for taking pictures that we cherish and keep. Using your camera phone has never been more profitable. With the media offering big money to buy rare images, the age of People Paparazzi has ushered in. The age in which no celebrity in the world is safe from becoming victim of the people paparazzi. There are four billion mobile phones in the world today with cameras which have led the way in selling the public's images to websites, magazines, newspapers and TV around the world. Are you hooked up to the information highway? Stay connected with camera phones & camera cell phones.

As the cellular phone emerged into the public marketplace in the 1980s, the genius of wireless communications began to unfold. From their humble beginnings as simple wireless forms of communication, cellular forms have advanced to incorporate a number of amazing functions in their technological makeup, as was apparent from my son's Apple iPhone. With digital technology infused into its applications, so many things are possible, including: Email, Games and Internet Access. It has become his primary phone as well as his primary music player. You can also download other digital applications right onto it, including: PDAs, MP3 players, and GPS receivers.

In the modern age with the enlarging technological advancements, the future looks all the more interesting in the use of cell phones. Sometimes in our life we should do some James Bond things to trace folks to reveal the truth. The technology has simplified our task to trace the people. The cell telephone spy software is a development in communication field. It is really a computer program that may be installed in a person's cell telephone. By employing that we will be able to trace his / her calls and messages. It may also help us to find people using the GPS. Aside from the private use it will be useful for police and security folk to trace wrongdoers and terrorists. GOOGLE is developing software for the first phone capable of translating foreign languages almost instantly. If it works, it could eventually transform communication among speakers of the world’s 6,000-plus languages. Google also has a voice recognition system that enables phone users to conduct web searches by speaking commands into their phones rather than typing them in. And all this and more to come is a reality, not just phony thoughts.