When we were children (my two elder brothers and me) my father had purchased a Grundig Tape recorder from a German friend of his who was leaving the country for good. We were all enamoured with our new acquisition and recorded music/songs from our favourite movies like Come September, House of Bamboo, North by North West and a few others which I don’t remember. However I had a particular fondness for Peter Otoole, Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, Harry Belafonte and Audrey Hepburn whose movies we used to watch at the Telco Club in Jamshedpur during the week end. I used to handle the tape recorder the most since my brothers were not too keen to play the songs when visitors to our house wished to listen to them with the result they thought I was the smartest among my siblings !(I would even hum probably to show off !)
Decades have rolled by from the times of the advent of the humble tape recorder which is replaced by more advanced pocket sized gadgets having innumerable features to boast. But I must confess they are all difficult to handle by a person like me who is reluctant to use even a mobile phone (I went for one literally under pressure from my well wishers). Coming to think of it I feel the really smart ones are the children of today who come into this world surrounded by all the latest gadgets and learn how to use them in no time!
n.meera raghavendra rao