Telephony.

This ‘nostalgia’ forward by a friend on WhatsApp, following my post on Nomophobia, took me back to the time in India when first, they had to advertise to get people to subscribe to the service, then the time when people had to wait for years before they could get a connection and finally the time when cellphone service providers and handset makers are back advertising telephony. A full cycle indeed.

I don’t remember the times when the telephone company advertised for landline connections. We did not have a telephone connection at home till my mid teen years and we were told not to use it unless for emergency purposes. I distinctly remember neighbours pleading to be allowed to not only make calls but, also to receive calls in emergencies. My late wife’s family did not have a phone connection in the early years of our marriage and we would call their neighbour to request someone from there to be called to receive a call after a few minutes. This was when Direct Dialling had been introduced but, prior to that, we used to make person to person calls either from our phone or from post offices. Now, we can not only make direct phone calls, we can video call too using whatsapp! What a change!

Such change however brings with it, its own dangers as well as these two clips show.

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9 Responses to Telephony.

  1. I can remember router dial and party line. My parents always had phone
    Coffee is on

    • The West was way ahead of us in the pre nineties of the last century. It was after 1995 that things started to change here and that is why telephones were considered to be a luxury by our socialist politicians.

  2. tammy j says:

    I hope that call was important! he just wrecked his motor bike!
    it’s incredible. it’s like they can’t hear themselves think now for all the loud music and noise and yet they all have a phone to their ear! LOL!
    oh well. it’s their world.
    the age of chaos and pseudo communication!

  3. Wisewebwoman says:

    So very dangerous. I have bluetooth in my car but even then it is distracting talking and driving. Everything can wait,

    XO
    WWW

    • I object to taxi drivers talking on their phones when I am sitting in their vehicles and while they are driving. I have asked the vehicle to be stopped and got off to register my protest and have obtained refunds from aggregators.

  4. Kaitlin says:

    It is amazing how many people are on the phone while driving. It creates a need kind of defensive driving… I remember my parents having their phone installed (they still have the yellow rotary phone), but I think we always had a phone as long as I can remember. We had a situation where a woman pantomimed asking us if we wanted a photo taken. We had no clue what she meant as she held up one hand and imitated pressing the camera button on a smart phone. We still mime the point and shoot camera to indicate taking a photo. We thought she was asking for a lighter! We had another situation where a woman asked if we had seen a juul she lost. We heard jewel and asked what kind. Things are changing!!!

    • The West was way ahead of us in the pre nineties of the last century. It was after 1995 that things started to change here and that is why telephones were considered to be a luxury by our socialist politicians.

      It is now a necessity but, has its downside in such usages.

  5. crazy here as well…sometimes I get into chats with young things, and ask them “what do you think I had when I was your age?” they always seem to turn it on it’s head and say “you must keep ahead of the times…” as if that idea is so good for all…

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