Legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle has highlighted a modern trend that is well known, but never quite gets old, and has made a hilarious sarcastic reference to emphasise her point.
Taking to Twitter, the icon of Indian cinema has posted a picture of herself and others, including Sudesh Bhosle and Siddhant Bhosle, clearly in transit. She writes that they are travelling from Bagdogra in West Bengal's Darjeeling district to the state's capital, Kolkata. The travellers appear to be in some sort of lounge, perhaps awaiting their flight. On the table between the five of them are cups of tea - Bagdogra is well known for being surrounded by some of India's best-known tea-estates.
Interestingly, in this photo, while Asha Bhosle has her hands free, clasped to one another to give herself something akin to a contemplative pose, each of the other four are clued into their mobile phones!
Her take on this is that it's such good company and yet there's nobody to talk to. And the one she is clearly (joking about) blaming is none other than Alexander Graham Bell. Bell, of course, is the Scotland-born scientist, engineer and pioneer who is credited with inventing the telephone, the patent for which was issued to him in 1876. Interestingly, Bell also agreed with Asha Bhosle (at the time) as he didn't want a telephone in his study on account of his believing that it was intrusive.
There's a lot of reaction to Asha Bhosle's tweet, with people coming out and underscoring her point:
Here's what one user would have preferred instead:
Another one along similar lines:
Here's a profound one:
Some are quite disappointed and unwilling to hide it:
Some see the humour in what she's said:
And some are just happy she's come to their city:
Finally, Asha Bhosle has also posted a video of herself performing in Maynaguri.