So, a colleague and I were scheduled to go to the US embassy to apply for our visas. As we were making plans to meet up at the bus stop before going to the embassy, we came across this set of instructions, which said the US embassy does not permit cell phones or ANY electronic devices inside. “Please leave everything at home,” the website said.
My colleague: How can we manage without our cell phones? What if one of us is late? What if we miss each other?
Me: Lets just try not to, ok. Lets try and be there on time.
And, we might have to spend about 2-3hours waiting there, you know. So, bring something to keep yourself occupied.
Her: Oh,That's not a problem. I’ll just play some game or listen to music.
Me : It says, no electronic devices. That means, no laptop, no iPad, no PSP and definitely that means no iPod as well.
Her: (with a look of terror on her face) Whaaaaaat? The horror!! So, how?
Me: Maybe, you should just take a book.
Her: a book, huh? But I have all my books downloaded on my iPad.
Me: They still have the print versions, you know. The ones with paper and all
Her: Umm, yeah. Maybe I should buy one of those.
Her (still, terror-stricken): Oh God, oh God! How am I going to manage for a few hours like this? Nobody can reach me. I can't communicate with anybody at all!!
Me: This is how it used to be about 10 years ago (probably lesser than that for some of us), you know!
And we managed pretty fine.