This breed of MMs are everywhere, come in all shapes and sizes and gender too. I think the Mobile phone plays a leveler, doesn’t discriminate between the rich and poor, educated and uneducated, men and women. Like passive smokers we have passive “mobile talkers”, only difference perhaps is the latter don’t inhale polluted air but are forced to suffer in silence most of the time.
The other day while traveling in a cab, I tried to roll down the window pane and found the push button hanging loose. When I asked the driver why it was not repaired, he smiled sheepishly and said, ‘madam, the previous passenger, a software engineer was meddling with it even as he was talking on his mobile for nearly half an hour till he reached his office.’
I wondered who ever this passenger was must have been absorbed in two simultaneous activities not bothering about the damage he was causing to the push button!
You could have complained to the owner, I said.
And lose my job? He lamented.
I encountered one such MM who happened to sit two seats away from me at a Management meeting. The instrument suddenly came to life with such loud ring tone drawing the attention of everyone around. Unmindful of the distraction he was causing to us the man continued his lengthy conversation in his booming voice. When the meeting came to an end I approached him (he was still talking on his mobile) and said I expected better manners from a member of a Management Association and didn’t wait to see his reaction.
Again there is this female MM I encounter in my daily life who has the mobile glued to her ear, perhaps the only time both have a respite is when the female goes to sleep.
There are many more MMs I come across, the percentage is increasing day by day. Go for shopping, you see the salesperson engaged with his caller on the mobile and ignoring the customer (who says Customer is God), it is no different when you visit a clinic, the doctor displays greater interest in conversing with his callers than giving attention to his patients.
I am waiting for the day when there will not be a need for the announcement in meetings/conferences/seminars which says: “Please switch off your mobiles or put them in silent mode” and the day when customer is really treated like a KING.
I don’t think a mobile is a status symbol anymore, it is a tool for communication which is short and crisp and not a means for endless conversation.
Is anyone listening?
N.Meera Raghavendra Rao