Water proof mobile phones?

Crippled. Helpless. Marooned. Adrift that’s the feeling. Bet you know what I'm talking about? Yup - my phone! It sank into a pool of water. And along with it, half my world.

I was on the phone chatting with a friend and washing plates amidst a sink-ful of water. Moved my shoulder around (where the phone was perched over the ear) to push the hair out of the way since it was getting pulled by my cleaning, this disaster took place – the phone slipped from its perch, I tried catching it mid air, nearly caught it but with my soapy hands it got tossed back up, lunged for it again only to aid it directly into the water! My gymnastics didn’t help

Why was it so important for me to take that call while washing the vessels? The phone may not ring for hours. The day could be going great - lots of writing out of the way. And as I step towards a task and am catching up with my thoughts...tring tring.

The reasons I guess we keep our mobiles near us is practical. What if there is an emergency and you need to reach help???? Good point, right? Oh well....a few days ago, the phone rang mid-shower. I let it ring. But today was not normal. I decided to answer it while washing!

I dived into the murky waters and fished out the phone with micro seconds. But something dreadful must have happened in those nano seconds. The water cleverly managed to seep in and short circuit the delicate machine. The phone started to behave like Rafa on clay court. And then randomness -rang moodily, switched on and off at will, before spluttering and dying on me. This was insane. I shook it angrily, brought out my hair dryer and almost stuck the phone into the micro. It looked perfectly dry to me. But it had packed up ... and with it, so had most of my life.

The hair dryer trick to dry the phone reminded me of that scene in the movie "Funny Games" when Naomi Watts is desperately trying to ring 911 with her wet phone. It is a disturbing film directed by the much acclaimed German guy who this year got a lot of critical acclaim for White Ribbon. Of course my situation is like a thousand times better than the one in the movie.

Everyone said to me stop mourning and bury the phone. The phone company said we are sorry we cannot do anything with high tech gadgets like my phone. It cannot be resurrected. But my numbers!!! How will the world reach me??.

Our world has so changed. With cell phones, i phones, twittermania we operate in this information crazy world where we are always in a rush. May be we should start taking in the simple pleasures of daily living. Like washing without interruption!! Or watching a movie without the cell phone on. Can we last for a day without any mode of communication- cell phones, computers, emails? If our parent's generation survived, why can't we? Or perhaps they should simply make the mobiles water proof! Simple.


shanx said...

I know exactly how this feels. In fact post "my incident", I have always taken a back up of my contacts.
Its actually easy to do, if you are not a Nokia user (where back up has to be done individually for every number). In a sony ericsson it is much easier. you just bluetooth your entire address book to your laptop once in a while.

Aijaz Pitafi said...

Hard luck!
Better buy a water proof Cell this time. Samsung has already launched such a mobile.

For me, cell phone is the most hated thing I have to keep it compulsory to receive calls. I seldom communicate on it.

shruti said...

hey meenakshi
great write-up,
this reminded me an incident that happened when me and rajeev were trekking in the silent valley.
the camera was in my hand and while crossing the small puddle of water i slipped and fell down and so did the camera...the water splashed..
while other officers were busy helping me get up my dear husband was busy checking on the camera..

we are more emotional over our first purchase thank our first friend we made in college you see!!

hahha.. technology has completely taken us over !!


Anon said...

"Totally know what you're talking about....scary but true"

RavneetSingh said...

hahaha...that was funny...but awwww your cell died:(

once my dad forgot his cell in his trousers n it gt washed in the washing machine too crashed...

but no time...wear gloves n answer d :)

Shweta said...

The best way to dry the phone is to keep it on top of your TV set. In two days, it returns to normalcy. I have tried it. I am telling you it works

john said...

by the way you can back up the contacts in your phone at nokia's ovi site.. can sync the data in your phone and the website...and get it back if u lose the device...there are lot of other options as well..
try it...

Mike said...

At least you had a back up...hope you back up your laptop and PC regularly.. those Hard-drives don't last forever and they don't need a wet hand to kill them..they simply die unexpectedly.

vineet said...

makes you ponder on a bigger question ... backup of a phone on ur laptop - which is backed up on ur home computer - which in turn is now backed up online on some server half way round the world.

Die Hard 4 - remember the movie ?