Thursday, February 21, 2008

My Unsatiable Appetite for Gadgets

Before I begin describing the 'agony' i have long been going through, lemme tell you guys something about myself. Coz if i don't, i doubt whether anyone would care to express even slight condolences.

Writing this post, is a tech-freak --not because he's doing a trash-bin worthy Engineering Degree in I.T.-- but because he is simply in love 
with all those geeky and sexy thingies like MP3 players, Mobile Phones, 
Audio/Video Systems and what not!

So its not infrequent for me to fall in love with a gizmo. And then,
begins the ordeal. The toy toys with my brain and disturbs my sleep.
It forces me to spend endless hours on the net, reading reviews after
reviews
and helplessly staring at the photographs of it's various poses, silently admiring the beauty of the object of my desire.
I desperately wish I could touch it
with my hands, feel its presence around me, and find it it's righteous owner.
The urge to rob a bank gets unresistable at times.

Its not that my wishes have been entirely ignored, but its kinda complex. I'll clarify. I call this 'Provide and Rule'. This is a philisophy which my bread-earners(or gizmo-earners) seem to be following in attempts to distract me off my current gadget-love. And hell! It works.
It works in two steps:
1. Provide Pranay with some-other, and potentially cheaper (still better, free) gadget which he least expects to get, and,
2. Rule out and infact ruin the chances of buying him the gadget 
that he really wants.

Fantastic na! Uff! Anyone experienced at robbing banks?!?!?!

So back in 2005, when i desperately wanted a down-right gorgeous pair of speakers, i actually got an iPod Shuffle. See... u get the trick!
Last year, when i asked them to replace my ancestral computer with a new one having state-of-the-art configuration, they shut me up with my brother's used laptop!
And last month, i asked my brother to get an aphrodisiac mp3 player by Creative (coz i wrecked my iPod), he bribed me with - hold your breath - pen drives!

Here, I'd like to mention that my family takes very good care of me and they have given me everything - things which i have'nt even asked for! May i take this opportunity to request them not to shower so much blessings upon me... I'd be more than happy if they just give me the basic needs of an average youngster like me. A new mobile phone would only go a long way to improve connectivity and closeness with family even when i am away. A camcorder will ensure that our beutiful memories are captured in high definition! 
And, a small, rudimentary mp3 player so that I can pass time during 
the long and tiring 
commuting hours.
Main zyaada nahin maangta (I don't demand much)! Do I?

18 comments:

sunny_raju said...

A mobile according to me is a must for connectivity, camcorder hmmm well good luck for both :)

Prabha Mohan said...

The good thing is there are millions of people who share your sentiment for gadgets. Have you seen gizmodo.com? That one blog on gadgets alone gets over 50 million readers a month!

The bad thing is there are tons of really awesome websites that sell very cool gadgets. thinkgeek.com for instance, is such an addiction!

But so far, I've managed only to think geek and not buy geek (for most part). Good luck to you! =)

Anonymous said...

First of all i need a justification on d below lines u've mentioned in ur post:
" helplessly staring at the photographs of it's various poses, silently admiring the beauty of the object of my desire.
I desperately wish I could touch it with my hands, feel its presence around me "....
Isnt this sounding dat ur far distant from the real essence of bonding wid a living being and to overcome ur desire u actually need a machine to fulfill ur desire....
By dese lines i certainly feel we're heading towards robotic era.
Even though i can very well understand u being an I.T. graduate n ur state of compromising satisfaction(well dis is d way parents giv lollypops to gizmofreeks like u to calm dere desire for a while), but on d flipsyde its testing ur patience to wait for a better gadget n even ur skills of using a vintage antique to its zenith...
n in d end of ur post " I'd be more than happy if they just give me the basic needs of an average youngster like me. A new mobile phone would only go a long way to improve connectivity and closeness with family even when i am away. A camcorder will ensure that our beutiful memories are captured in high definition!
And, a small, rudimentary mp3 player so that I can pass time during
the long and tiring commuting hours. ",mate i was expectin more whacky gizmos to make ur parents appetite unsuitable for a while...
as it is said " greediness n aging nevers stops",so u keep ur appetite imbalanced,atleast some of dose desired state-of-the-art wud be in ur hands wid wich u cud sleep,talk,n make lauvvv!!!!

Pranay said...

thnk guys 4 ur comments...
@prabha mohan..
thnx 4 those awsome links dude..
we are in the same boat!

@anonymous..
ek to naam nai batate ho.. aur upar se kuch bi likhte ho...

Adijo said...

Gadgets HAVE become the name of the game, everything today starts with a gadget, and ends with a gadget..!!!

Good write-up man!

MishtiZaa said...

my gosh.... that was hmmm what i call fast-pace-write-up....
too good...
and yes i like dthe concept of "PROVIDE AND RULE" Lolz....

p.s. BASIC needs of todays youngsters -> ipod, camcorder, mp3player n blah n blah..... ;) ha ha ha....good one

abhi said...

nice one, i betccha the new motorola add is a hit with u. BTW you gotta try out the new i-phone, swear you wont look at another phone once u've seen it.

Pranay said...

@abhi..
i'll get the iphone as sson as i get my 1st salary! its simply tooo hot!

Unknown User said...

Boy....I feel the same.
Do you think we need professional help? :o)

Pranay said...

@unknown user
more than that, i need monetary help!!!

VIDYA said...

Hey...my parents use the Provide rule technique too...guess we ve gotta figure out a counter strategy!Nice blog,btw.

Ankit said...

I guess there are thousands out there who share same sentiments

sourav said...

nice post man.

u have described it very interestingly....and i liked the fact that u have mentioned about your family too.

Pranay said...

@vidya...
i'll tell u one..
suppose u want a mobile phone which costs around 8K, then ask for the cellphone which costs 12K!

@ankit and gaurav..
thnx guys 4 ur valuable comments...

Trailblazer said...

dude, that's some appetite....suits this materialistic world....

Pranay said...

test comment..

Comfortably Numb said...

LOL...yea you don't ask for much..:P
Anyway yea an IPOD is a must..I can sacrifice my phone any day for the latest ipod in the future :P

Cheers!

karthik said...

well gadgets are a symbol for man..i'm a gadget freak too...