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Spot Light

Over-dependence or necessity?

Shall we call it over-dependence or necessity? Cell phones are ruling our lives. A day without the hand held phones is beyond our imagination just as a day without a watch, money or computers is. Over 15 million people around the country now worship this wireless device and many more millions will in the years to come. Nose-dive of the prices of handsets and SIM cards further encourages more people to opt for cell phone connections to enjoy 24/7 communication with their friends and family.

Our dependence on cell phones is increasing with time. The first thing that most of us probably do in the morning is check the time and the number of calls missed overnight. And we do these by turning on our favourite possessions-our cellular phones. Our days begin with this revolutionary invention and with the ticking of the clock its usage rate increases, which means that by noon you receive at least one call and a text message. Cell phone usage is at its highest during the peak hours. Our cell phone operators know their business well and to encourage use during the off peak time, the telecom companies provide attractive discounts on calls made during this time. The trick works on most, especially those who believe in saving with patience.

You can now navigate the world wide web with your seemingly simple yet multipurpose cell phone. You can check emails from any corner of the country. Wherever you are, you always stay in touch. The world of GPRS and EDGE enables you to download wallpapers, music, ring tones, video clips, songs, themes and a lot more. You can even send and receive multimedia (pictures, sounds) messages. The hi-speed of such Internet services will make it possible to communicate and surf websites faster than before. New additions to wireless telecommunications services are making us more dependent on them. Cellular phones would gradually replace PCs in many aspects with the introduction of more and more hi-tech innovations.

Mobile phones are no longer used for only phone calls. They enable you to read daily news headlines, send/receive fax and data, receive information regarding sports, emergency numbers, restaurants, airline and railway timing, travel info etc. Special membership cards offered by the telecommunication companies now enable you to enjoy discounts on numerous restaurants, beauty salons, hotels, dress boutiques and so on. No wonder we are becoming worshippers of this magical device. Cell phones are not only giving us freedom of communication but also making life simpler and more enjoyable than before.

Usage of cell phones has become so popular that many of us have forgotten the good old days of calling people from a humongous phone set with a round dial. Although such fixed phones are no more in use, their antique value has made them prized possessions of many households.

Just the other day, I read in one of the daily newspapers that BTTB's revenue reduced by a massive 200 crores in the last 2 years. It's beyond doubt that BTTB lost a majority of its revenue to the mobile phone operators. Line disconnections, eerie bills at the end of the month, substandard customer service and poor connectivity could all be avoided with the introduction of cell phones. So why wouldn't people opt for cell phones especially when they can enjoy excellent BTTB incoming & outgoing and ISD facilities for as low as tk.600?

Although our forefathers spent decades without being in constant touch with their near and dear ones, this is tough to imagine in the 21st century. It is not that our ancestors loved their mothers, fathers, children, wives or friends any less than we do. In fact, 24/7 communication actually seems to have reduced the emotional appeal of things such as handwritten letters and long distance telephone calls.

Our story on cell phone dependency will continue into the future. As the only intelligent species of this earth, we cannot literally deny our gains from science and technology.

By Wara Karim


Time waits for no one

Time and tide wait for no man. This simple adage forms the foundation of our existence. We lose many golden opportunities in life only because we cannot decide in time. Therefore whatever the issue is, it is important to keep the time factor in mind. Your whole life could be ruined if you fail to keep pace with time. For instance, what happens when you forget to switch on the alarm and end up waking up at 10:00 am in the morning? If you are an office-goer you know that you cannot avoid the red eyes of your boss. A university goer might escape the glare of the professor with a deceptive smile or an on-time submission of assignment. But for those who get paid for their services, late arrival at office means a taint of tardiness in their reputation.

If you don't plan your career well ahead of time, you bear the risk of falling behind. Instead of looking for a job after graduation, it is suggested that you begin applying for jobs during your last semester at school. Every single day counts when it comes to getting a decent job. With so many millions of unemployed people around, it is no wonder that our job market is in an awful state.

It is better to start preparing your résumé at least three months before you begin looking for an internship or job opportunity. Take help from the faculty members and friends while preparing your résumé. A résumé that is written sloppily will gain anything but the attention of employers. For big organisations, a well written résumé is sometimes the first criterion of short-listing candidates. Remember that it is you who is going to be in tears after spotting friends holding their heads high and boasting about the top-notch companies they work for.

Time is important when it comes to getting married. If you wait for too long to find the damsel of your dreams, years will be added to your age and finally, even if you find your dream girl you might just be too old to be her other half. The same thing is also true for a girl. Time is of huge importance in everyone's life.

With the ticking of the hands of a clock, seconds, minutes and hours are subtracted from life. If today you have 25 years in hand, remember that tomorrow it's going to be 24 years 11 months and 29 days. If life is a precious book, then each word is a day, each paragraph a month and each page a year. We eventually reach the last page, where it's boldly written in italic, “The End.” It is therefore important to do goods things and lead a good life before turning the last leaf of this book. Nothing is more miserable than uttering words of repentance before breathing the last.

Wearing a prayer cap, praying five times a day or donating to charitable organisations will never make up for the evil that we did in the past. It's important to realise our faults and mistakes when there is enough time to ask for forgiveness. Sometimes our self-esteem stops us from saying sorry to those we have hurt, but since time is slipping fast from each of us it is better to regret now than later.

Finally, it could be stated that effective time management will keep you ahead of others. If you know how to manage your time you would be able to finish your tasks and sign out of office at 6 p.m. But the opposite would be true if you loiter in the staircase, gossiping about your boss's private life or the light speed of the company's grapevine. Effective time management would also make it possible to keep time for yourself and your family. It's probably one of the most difficult hurdles to conquer when it comes to maintaining family and the professional life at the same time. But if we are determined to keep the time constraint in mind a lot of private problems could be easily solved. It's also important to save time for personal enjoyment; such enjoyment may arise from apparently simple things like reading a good novel in the quietness of the evening or
sipping a cup of hot coffee in the terrace.

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.” To this day, this famous quotation by Horace Mann is remembered by the mankind for its touch of realism. Every hour that elapses from life becomes an inseparable element of the history of human race.

By Wara Karim



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