I remember the summer vacations when all us cousins used to collect at one of the aunts’ or uncles’ place and had fun throughout the holidays…
One of these holidays,after we finished the game which we were playing outside aunt’s house,while getting back home,the usual brat that I’m and the eldest of all sisters, I suggested that we get inside the house through the balcony instead of main door ! Yes,I did make this plan for fun ! Since the first floor balcony was an easy approach and very low in height..it was connected to the boundary wall of the house with a slant cement slab..so the trick was to climb the wall which was not very high too and trek on the slant slab and hop inside the balcony 🙂 Yahoo..what a brainy I was..err..I’m !
Okay that is not the point of discussion here..oh yes,we successfully managed to enter the house the way we wanted..just to reach to 6 pair of shocked eyes and angry faces ! And we did get a hell lot of scolding topped up with whole lot of gyaan..how we could have broken our bones..how we could have got scratches on the skin duh duh duh ! And today what I specially remember out of those advices is this :
The eldest aunt told us what we did was wrong not only for our physical security but otherwise as well..her words:
“You actually demonstrated that one can enter the house without using the main door..may be someone watched you and it may have given that person the clue of entering the house when no ones around..so you guys gave and idea to plan a robbery or whatever”
What hit me then was we didn’t think about what would be the consequences..we just did it in the name of fun..what our aunt told was may be not 100% right..like someone watching us and getting ideas of robbery or so…but the fact remains that we made a way…we generated the idea… The lesson was learnt by us then !
Cut to today: I hear this TATA Indicom commercial being aired on Radio day in day out….it goes like this:
A lady:*on picking up the receiver * Hello? ABC girls hostel..
A girl: Can I talk to xyz ?
Lady: Who is this ?
Girl: This is PQR,her friend..
Lady: *transfers the phone to XYZ’s room*
XYZ: Hello ?
A boy: Hey! It’s me !!! *beaming with happiness*
XYZ: Areee, boys are not allowed to call here,how did you manage?
Boy:By using TATA Indicom’s magic voice !! *giggles victoriously*
And then the commercial goes on like “Use TATA Indicom’s magic voice and Sabko buddhu banao [make fool of everyone]
Okay now you say what’s wrong with this ? Well may be nothing but I think there are these things that may emerge from the above facility:
1. We’re giving a legal way to tamper with voice and make fool/fun of the person other side…For instance: Parents might not want certain boy to call their daughter but this will be a facility and a solution to the boy’s problem ! And more such instances…
2. A bit heavier one that came to my mind…the terrorism/crimes that we are being haunted by every now and then..isn’t this system providing ways of escape and opening routes for people to commit crimes ? A way to trap someone may be…something like that ?
See,this might appear to be extrapolated to you…Let me tell you that I have nothing against the service..the basic problem in the whole concept is the way it is being highlighted..presented to general public ! And human beings tend to catch the bad fever quickly as compared to the good one,isn’t it ?