Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Bollywood actor Rahul Dev is a techno-savvy. His most priced possession is his DVD player. We had an interesting chat with him where he divulges his inclination towards electronic gadgets. Here is an excerpts of his interview with us.
Are you a gadget freak?
Not exactly, but I can't resist possessing a few things that give me pleasure. For example, I can't stay without my traveling DVD player.
What gadgets do you own?
As I said, I have a traveling DVD player, which I take along wherever I go. I am a big movie freak. And there's an i-Pod, which can store up to 20,000 songs, which I think is quite adequate. I am a big fan of U2's lead vocalist Bono and that was the reason I bought the i-Pod. It was a limited edition with Bono's signature on it. And both the i-Pod and the signature are priceless for me.
What is your latest prized possession?
I am planning to buy a gadget that can store up to 64 films, and with a battery standby of 24 hrs. It's called Argon. So when I go out for weekends I can watch as many movies I want without actually having to bother about charging the batteries. Argon can play non-stop for 24 hours. I can watch three to four movies a week and I wouldn't have to download new movies for months.
Are you tech-savvy? How important is it to be tech-savvy in today's world?
Everyone in today's world is tech-savvy, even my son knows how to send e-mails and pictures across the world using Internet. My dad who is 79 also knows all these. So it's very important for everyone to be tech-savvy. If someone is not, he/she would need help from others even for mundane daily work. So now you can gauge the importance of technology. Even I have some knowledge about changing technology.
There are a lot of complicated gadgets that are expensive too. What do you have to say about them?
Price is not an issue for me. What's important is that it should serve my purpose. It should give me the pleasure that I am looking for. I know the DVD player I am using is very expensive but I am a film buff and I need it. I don't upgrade my mobile phones very often because I don't have an inclination towards it. I even take time to learn the functions of the latest mobile phone models.
Do you think the whopping price tags gadgets have today in the market are justified?
I shopped for DVDs the entire day in a shop in London. The cost of one is 29 pounds and I don't think it's justified. But I am against piracy so I had to pay that amount. They do have discounts, you can purchase three DVDs for just 20 pounds, but then, you won't get the desired deal.
Modern gadgets in the market have made us rely on them completely. Your comments.
I still use a pen and an old dairy, so I don't think I am dependent on technology. Of course I think a lot of people have succumbed to technology. But at the same time, it has made life more comfortable. One can send his message across to anywhere on earth in seconds.
What gadgets are you passionate about?
About my DVDs, I have 2,600 of them and I am very possessive about them.