When the mobiles fell silent

The French, connoisseurs of art that they are, are planning on jamming mobile signals at entertainment joints where people come to see theatre, movies or for that matter hear orchestra.

Pretty good move by a country, where having beer at work is fine with everybody. Now, there would be no disturbance while the French entertain themselves.

According to the order, the jamming equipment needs to be installed in the premises by the owner of the joint. And he should ensure that the emergency calls reach the mobile owners. Now, how is he going to do it? Hire somebody who can keep an eye on the radio waves with an emergency tag, perhaps. Forgive me if its not radio waves…the only other waves I know is microwaves.

Of course, the French will miss statements like “I-can`t-hear-you-I-am-in-a-theatre,” “Can-I-call-you-back-I-am-in-a-meeting,” or for that matter the one that takes the cake – “I-am-busy-right-now-can-I-call-you-in-an hour?”

If you spare a thought for all those obnoxious, self-centered people like me, who always want to hog the limelight, you would realize it wouldn`t be easy on us. Even since I bought a mobile ten years back, I have learnt to use it to further my gains….to promote myself. Eg. If the I guy I was speaking to on my mobile asked, “Dai, coming for a smoke?” I would say: “No man. You guys go ahead. Here I have another meeting to attend to. Will join you guys when I am free.”

On second thoughts, why am I even worried about something that is about to happen in France? Beer in workplaces is accepted there…and the practice is yet to reach India even after 100 years. You think the mobile jamming bit is bigger than that?

By Jamshed V Rajan

Jammy, as Jamshed V Rajan is affectionately called, is a wannabe stand up comedian. He has a funny take on most things but documents only some of them. If you are interested in chatting up with him, do drop him an email at or message him at +919650080255.

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