Dec 7, 2010

Music in My Pocket !

I am the sort of person who abhors change of any kind, especially if the change is technology related. I am not at all technologically savvy and as my tech – geek friends put it not so kindly, for someone who’s worked in the IT industry for the past 8 years, I should be downright ashamed of my lack of knowledge! But I simply can’t seem to understand or operate half the technological devices out there. The latest technological gizmos and inventions do not make me quiver with anticipation and excitement. They just make me nervous and I continue to stick to my current way of life like a limpet stuck fast on a rock! Off course, technology has changed and continues to change our lives for the better. It’s just that I am not one of those people who go eagerly with the flow, I am one of those who trudge along grumpily, resisting with all their might!
So I guess I was the only person on the face of this planet who didnt exactly whoop with joy when Apple invented the iPod.For the life of me, I couldnt understand what the fuss was all about.I wondered what sort of people liked to walk about with earphones dangling out of their ears all the time. Music means a lot to me, life would be pretty pathetic and drab without any music; but for me listening to music also requires a certain time and place. `You can’t just listen to music anywhere and all the time, I mean then it would just be a distraction` or so I told everybody who cared to listen.
And then, Apple introduced their iPod Nano while I was in Japan. Now, the land of the rising sun is one place where you would be forgiven if you assumed that the kids there are born with earphones growing out of their ears like some sort of extra body parts. Everybody, and I mean everybody right from school kids to housewives to business men, to the guy sweeping the road have earphones stuck in their ears. Even the cook in my favorite restaurant cooked while listening to music on his iPod. iPod Nano was introduced in Japan a few days before Christmas and the people went almost berserk. They were actually queuing up in the snow to buy it as if their life depended on it. The iPod mania seemed to infect my friends as well and within weeks they had all bought one. Suddenly it became almost impossible to have a decent conversation with them. I had a long commute to work,but I really enjoyed it because almost all my friends used the same train and time flew by as we chatted and laughed together. Not any more! Now all of them plugged in their iPods as soon as they left home and spent all the commute time tapping their feet to music only they could hear while I stared moodily out of the window. All efforts to make conversation were met with blank looks till I yanked the earphones out of their ears. It made me feel totally lonely and isolated. Life I guess become good for them but truly miserable for me! My pleas that I was bored or threats on how anti social they had all become fell on deaf or rather on earphone- plugged ears. Instead, every time I complained they told me what a big idiot I was for missing out on something so good.Soon,I was mighty fed up of feeling left out in a world entirely dominated by a tribe of iPod zealots.So I grumpily tramped off to the nearest mall to buy myself an iPod nano. Once there I was confronted with iPods in a dazzling array of colors and a whole lot of paraphernalia I couldn’t make head or tail of. Any how I chose a blue colored iPod nano and returned home feeling very smug and pleased with myself.
I then spent a considerable amount of time uploading songs in it. Finally, I plugged in the iPod and in that instant my life changed! After I had got used to having earphones in my ears (yes I am weird that way I don’t like things like earphones at all!) I was totally having a blast! I took to the iPod as a fish takes to water! The endless commute became easier once I started using my iPod. Reading was not possible while standing in a crowded train but listening to music was and the music helped me forget the milling rush and the crush of humanity around me ! I used to listen to a lot of Hindi songs then, may be because I was so far from home and there was something very comforting about listening to Bollywood songs in a foreign land ! Maybe it is nostalgia but even now whenever I listen to those songs I am instantly transported back to those train rides to and fro from work. Shortly after I bought the iPod I joined a gym. The trainer had one look at me spilling out of my clothes and put me on a very strict regime which I felt would most definitely kill me.I used to plug in the iPod as soon as I started walking on the treadmill and listening to music helped me take my mind off images of my legs buckling under me and of my lungs bursting. At work having a cup of strong coffee when I felt sleepy was replaced by listening to some music. When things became too stressful, all I had to do was listen to some soothing music on my iPod. I no longer cribbed about feeling left out, I was a converted iPod zealot now! My iPod was my faithful companion during long train rides, endless waits at the airport for connecting flights and even while I stood in a line waiting to pay for my groceries. I fell in love, and am still in love with my iPad Nano. It’s sleek and feather light and I love the idea of carrying my music in my pocket. I’ve had it for close to five years now and can’t imagine a life without it ! The iPod changed my life again but this time it changed for the better!
I look at the latest technological gizmos with a less jaundiced eye now.I am secretly wondering if I should buy kindle although for the sake of public façade I still vociferously maintain how much I love the crispy feel of paper as I turn a page and the comfort of a book in my hand and how kindle will spoil all that !

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6 comments:

  1. i can so relate to this...i am not much of a i-am-so-fascinated-by-technology person...so i stayed away from the whole ipod craze for the longest time..didn't buy one for myself and then a couple years ago a friend gifted it to me. i am so thankful to have it in my life now :D helps heaps during commute at times :)

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  2. I completely agree with you music is the best and iPod is sure.. Enjoy life.. All the best for the contest..

    Do stop by Wrong Call and let me know what you feel :-)

    --Someone is Special--

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  3. You can’t just listen to music anywhere and all the time, I mean then it would just be a distraction.
    I too think on similar lines and avoided the Ipod till now.May be i will now after reading a converted.

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  4. Great post...
    I loved the way you wrote..

    I don't have an ipod..but I still have earphones in my ear all the time..my smart phone does that for me...
    :)

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  5. Hahaha...good one! Could totally relate to this one.

    I'm a HUGE music geek..and cannot live without continuously listening to, singing to at the very least, humming a tune!

    Which was the ONLY reason I craved for a Sony Ericsson Walkman series phone: and finally, I brought the w810i -- accompanied by the cutest pair of external speakers!!

    Anyway, i loaded all my fav songs into it...and the earphones began melting into my skin, becoming a part of me.

    So, when my husband gifted me an iPod Classic last birthday, I was horrified. The very thought of shifting from phone to iPod was crucifying. And I abandoned the iPod for about 6-8 months...until a friend got to know i had it but didnt use it -- and blasted the life out of me :D

    But change-hater that I am, though I got around to using the iPod, I still prefer the phone, anyday -- which I use only for sthe music and the SMS. Call me on the mobile phone, and oyu almost NVR get through to me :D :D!

    Which reminds me -- i havent used th iPod in a loooong time now! Thanks for the gentle reminder :)

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  6. @Titaxy - yes, it sure helps in a long commute ! Isn’t it strange that we are so adamant about not using certain things but then we just get hooked to them !
    @Someone is Special – thanks will surely read your post !
    @Laxman – Welcome to my blog ! Try the iPod ! You might just hooked to it like I did !
    @Sumit – Thanks a lot and welcome to my blog !
    @alphabetword – wow a hard core music freak  I am so fussy that I do departmentalization like mobiles are just for talking and ipods are for music . Cant mix the two ! Yeah I know I am weird ! 

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