Hiranandani Towers, Siruseri, Chennai
‘Baaanggg’ …The door closes, leaving Sharma alone in the house. The smile he was wearing on his wrinkled face till now, disappears. He stands up and walks slowly towards the window. Through it, he looks at the car racing from the parking area towards the main gate. In a minute, the car goes off his not so good eye-sight. He looks at the sixty year old watch, presented to him on their wedding day by his wife, and sighs on remembering the fact that he has 10 more hours to kill till someone comes back home.
Sharma, a retired employee of All India Radio, currently lives in Chennai with his investment banker son and charted accountant daughter-in-law. After his wife died five years ago, he was forced to relocate to Chennai from his native village in costal Andhra Pradesh. His day starts with meditation followed by a morning walk in the garden lawns. By the time he comes back, his son and daughter-in-law are still asleep. He turns on the radio (also works as an alarm for his son) and listens to the morning news. After that, he picks up “The Hindu”. In the meantime, his son and daughter-in-law rushes up everything, right from brushing to breakfast. And off they go to reach their respective offices on time. And he is all alone in the ‘posh’ triple bedroom duplex flat. Rarely he watches TV, may be he’s still religiously devoted to radio. He finds it hard in this age to kill time and adding to it is that he finds no one to talk and share thoughts. His only past time is to reread the Hindu paper or listen to ‘Vivid Bharati’ on radio.
And one month back, an advertisement caught his attention in Hindu. It read “Internet is Fun on Vodafone!”
The words “Internet”, “Fun” and “Vodafone” puzzled him and he tried to understand what they meant. He switched on his son’s laptop, searched for these key words and was fascinated by the ‘Internet is Fun page’ of Vodafone. He immediately called the lobby and ordered for a Vodafone sim-card. He went to his room and took out a box wrapped in colorful papers from the cupboard. He opened it and took out a “Samsung Galaxy Note”. His son presented to him on the eve of his 70th year birthday. “Useless”, he thought then. But he had some plan to put it use.
Next day, he got the ‘sim-card’. By then, he completed reading the manual of ‘Galaxy Note’. He inserted the sim-card and switched on the mobile. He didn’t know that this would change his life forever.
He wanted to feel the ‘magic of Fun’ as mentioned in the page. He opened the Vstore and downloaded numerous apps that he found exciting. He also created an account in FB and Twitter.
“70 yrs and second innings started!!!”… his first status message in FB.
“#oldAgedMan Trying to become young once again”, his first tweet.
He always wanted to visit his friends and spend some time with them. But then his investment banker ‘son’ never had time for this. But now, he was able to find some of his colleagues, school and college friends in FB. He added all of them and started to chat online through his “FB Chat” app. He was amazed at the magic and speed of the Vodafone Mobile Internet. He no longer felt the need of his son to take him to his friends. He also started posting tweets on philosophy, tips on how to get rid of old age loneliness, and shayaris. He slowly started getting followers on twitter. He has now got an extended family on the internet.
The days of Sharmaji were no longer alone and boring. In the morning, he opens the ‘Youtube’ and practices ‘Yoga aasanas’ besides meditation and walking. Thanks to lightning speed streaming and buffering of videos. After the breakfast, he spends time on the ‘Note’ playing ‘Chess’ and ‘Angry Birds’ with his virtual gaming friends. After the gaming session, he finishes his lunch only to be followed by the ‘tweeting’ and ‘facebooking’ sessions. He already started following Amitab, ANR, Rajdeep Sardesai and reads their tweets every day.
He was very fond of Ghazals and always asked his son to get him “Jagjeet Singh collection”. And as usual, his son is ‘so busy’. But, Thanks to high download speeds of Vodafone Internet. He now has his favorite collection of Ghazals in the mobile, downloaded from ‘Music store’. He spends evenings in the gardens listening to them. No more does he need to ‘request’ his daughter-in-law to change the channel for IPL during her serial commercial breaks. He now watches IPL on his Vodafone Mobile TV. He also reads various e-news papers. He does recharge of his mobile online, just with a touch on his wide mobile screen.
In the night, he ends his day by posting a quote on FB and Twitter
“#goodNight Celebrate Life. Enjoy every moment of it to the fullest”
“God gave you this life to enjoy living it and not to die by just living it!”
If we just look around us, we can easily find that there are a lot of Sharmas. Always remember one thing: You may be busy but not so busy that you can’t find quality time to spend with your parents. They need someone to share their thoughts, someone to talk and someone to smile at them. They neither need your money nor property. They just need you to spend some time with them.
Thanks Sharma Uncle for sharing your story with me. I think it’s definitely an eye opener to many amongst us.
Thanks Vodafone. Thanks for changing his life forever. He is no more alone. He’s just got the power. Rightly said, Vodafone is “power to You” and indeed “Internet is Fun” on Vodafone!
This post is published as a part of Indiblogger’s “Internet is fun on Vodafone!” contest.
Disclaimer: All the images are googled and pasted here 😉