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Smartphone in Rs. 251 – Why can’t the ringing bells be heard in that amount?

There is a lot of fuss about the ambitious project of providing ‘Freedom 251’ smartphones in just Rs. 251/-, by the company named ‘Ringing Bells’. Many fingers have been raised and doubts have been placed on the very thought that “a smartphone can be made available in a nominal amount of just Rs. 251/-”. Not only the competitors (as obvious) but also the experts, common men, as well as, the virtual world’s productive souls on social media, have grabbed this opportunity to thrash away any possibility of this sort to come true in the real world. Obviously, it’s for the experts to comment on the feasibility of providing a smartphone in that amount, but still, there could be a different perspective to such issues which has to be looked upon by keeping the set parameters aside for some time.

Note: Let me make it very clear that I haven’t booked the “Freedom 251” smartphone, firstly because I am not smart enough to own smartphones and secondly as the amount of Rs. 251/- is also beyond my capacity to afford it. As such my thoughts in this blog are not biased. This blog is not to defend this ambitious project or to analyse about its feasibility. But this blog is to dig on the more prominent issue of Human Tendency to doubt every new thing with utmost negativity.

History is the witness that every time a new idea is brought forward by ‘someone else’, we humans have the tendency to not only kill that idea but also, we don’t leave any chance of demotivating and cursing the originator of that idea. Usually, this human tendency is seen against the newbies in the respective field. Once, the entrepreneurs have made their mark in any field, their next idea/step is mostly not slashed away or questioned “in the light of being impossible to achieve”, even though that idea may be too crazy or far from reality. Ever thought that why are we so cruel towards any new idea of other human beings?

When the world showed faith in an Indian, Mr. Ratan Naval Tata, who dreamt of providing a car in just Rs. 1 lakh (which later on became a reality), when the people can believe and lay confidence on the project of travelling to Mars and book their seats in advance, at the same time, when the first low-cost airlines could reduce the airfares substantially to provide the facility of travelling by air with the cheapest air fares, than why can’t a smartphone be made available in just Rs. 251/- or for that matter may be in an amount less than that?

The experts can rightly question the feasibility by analysing the ‘existing’ technology and cost involved in any project. But can they brush aside any possibility of a paradigm shift in the technological field, which may help in reducing the cost substantially? Herewith, I am not discarding the chances that such schemes could be the company’s marketing strategy to gain public attention and be in the news even though being a new entrant in the field or may be such schemes are solely aimed with the intention to commit fraud, etcetera. However, the question is that how can we reach this conclusion even without looking into the details?

If we doubt anything we should first analyse that very thing in detail, before jumping on to the conclusions. I do hope that the experts analyse the case in detail before thrashing away any idea. But do we, as a layman, ever back our judgements with any solid analysis? Don’t we all judge everything with our pre-conceived notions or flowing with the wind of rumours? Is it that we want everyone else to fail in their endeavours, just because we don’t have the courage and confidence in ourselves to work on our ideas? Do we envy others success?

There is nothing wrong in having different views, but at the same time, there is also nothing right in dismissing any idea altogether, without even looking into and understanding the thought process behind that idea. For example, no one compelled us to book the smartphones in Rs. 251/-, all those who booked may be the ones who either placed their belief in that idea or the ones who are comfortable in keeping their hard-earned money at stake.

Herewith, let me make it very clear that I am not advocating that we should believe everything with closed eyes and ears. I am a student of the school of thought that believes in being cautious and taking every step with utmost awareness. I am against any kind of Ponzi Schemes which are designed to trap people and run away with their hard earned money. At the same time, I also don’t promote discarding and demotivating any new ideas. If we believe that the idea is worth and the originator is committed to achieving it then nothing should stop us from showing our support and motivating the idea, as well as, the brain behind the same.

Like other revolutionary changes, a smartphone at a nominal price of Rs. 251/- could be a reality in the near future. Who knows, one-day smartphones are available in nominal price to hone the hands of the already smart common men and we hear ringtones like “Ringing Bells, Ringing Bells, Ringing all the way”. Let’s wait and watch, because there is a slight possibility that it may turn out to be the next ‘Nano’ in the mobile field. If not this company, then any other, could surely take it up as a challenge and show the world that if one decides then nothing is impossible.

Peyush Jain

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