Urbanabad (Cocoongadh): In a shocking and bizarre incident, a native of Urbanabad, Cocoongadh failed to realise it was New Year 2019 already because he was without a phone in the couple of weeks before and after the New Year.
Natives of this place are famous for keeping up with all the events and activities via their smartphones. But in a tragic twist of fate, the person* in question broke his phone while he was trying to get off from his bike.(*He had lost his identity as a result, and hence his name has not been mentioned here.)
Chaos ensued in his life as he didn’t know what to do, where to look for information. He lost contact with all his friends and family. His phone was allegedly the only place where he could find their addresses and contact details.
Continuing in that trajectory, he missed the New Year’s too because he could think of no other source he could refer to.
“I didn’t know what time, day,week, month it was. I couldn’t talk to anyone, nor anyone could reach me. I had no clue as to what was happening in the world” , says the shaken person, who is rehabilitating now that he has got hold of a new phone.
When asked how did he come to know it was New Year, he says, “I finally got a phone, and when I logged into my social media profiles, I realised how much I had missed. The hashtags made me realise that it was indeed New Year.”
On asked whether he knew what a newspaper, calendar, television were, he said, “I don’t know about you but I need my phone to look at all of these things.” When asked whether he knew these existed physically too, and that he could go buy the newspaper and the calendar, he said, ” For that I need to get out of the house. I can’t do that without my phone.”
Incidents where people forgot birthdays in absence of their smartphones have been reported in the past, but such a scale of tragedy is unprecedented.