A couple of days back, I got to know how useful a mobile can be! I did not use it to make / receive call, nor did I use the mobile:
as a Digital camera
as an Audio recorder
as a Video recorder
for Multimedia messaging
as an Email client
as a Web client
as a Gaming platform
as a Documents viewer
as a Computer
as a Music player
as a TV
as a Wallet
as a Bar-code reader…
…actually I did not use my mobile at all. I got help from a person who, like me, had come to watch the Kannada movie ‘Anna Bond’ at Santhosh.
As I entered the hall, it was pretty dark, and I was searching for, firstly the Row – ‘A’….that was slightly easy, as there was a very dim light on the bottom of every corner seat in the centre. But finding seat numbers 30 & 31 was a task. I imagined myself to be an archaeologist trying to first find and then decode cave drawings! I found it impossible to see anything written on any part of the seat or the wall! I thought I saw something like ’30’ there on the seat…but on a closer look, it was the sponge popping out from the torn part of the seat cover!
Then I just turned around and saw lots of lights from mobiles, using which everyone was finding R 24,25…S 11 & 12…B 3 and 4….OMG! What a genius that person must have been who fitted a torch into a mobile…or the person who made the mobile screen itself so bright! Am sure he / she was a movie buff, and had been in the same situation that I was currently in.
Just as a person without a watch asks a person wearing one ‘Please, can you tell me what’s the time?, similarly, I asked the guy next to me, “Please, can you tell me which is your seat number”. He immediately pointed his ‘as-big-as-a-palm’ mobile towards the wall, where I could see 28, 29, 30, 31 so very clearly – I could see them in Arial Black, size 100, White colour!
A few years ago, all those entering the cinema hall had to rely on the lone skinny fellow with the dim blue torch to know their seat numbers. And he would act so busy, so pricey…as if he was the film director. Although he would yell at us, I would be amazed how he knew all the seat numbers so perfectly – he would stand near the door and tell us exactly where C 18 to 25 was, or where F 27, 28 was, or where an empty seat was, all this while talking to the Popcorn guy outside but pointing the torch to the exact position! I think this guy’s lineage can be traced back to the Madhyama Pandava – Arjuna!
However useful the mobile is, I miss the torch bearer, who was our guiding light, everytime we entered the cinema hall! As I came out after the movie, I saw him standing in a corner and looking at the crowd outside. Dressed in whites, he still had the torch under his left sleeve!