Imagine a household scene somewhere in mid-19th century. A family has brought home a fascinating apparatus called ‘the electric light bulb’. They eagerly try it out and squeal with joy as it performs the wondrous function of glowing and giving out light.
Now fast forward to the year 2012. Friends of a couple have gifted them a fascinating apparatus manufactured in Japan for their wedding in 2011. It was ordered by them online and came to the couple’s home in disassembled parts. The couple spent an enjoyable time assembling it together, initially with the help of diagrams because the instructions were in Japanese and it involved a lot of scouting before they found a funnily translated (but ultimately helpful) version. The machine is finally put together and is kept on display in a corner of the living room. But wait! There’s more to it. It is not only a pretty showpiece but actually works provided it has something to work on. It’s just that its time is yet to come.
Thus, another year passes and one day the wife’s father gives the couple the missing piece. They put it on and wait excitedly for the apparatus to work. But it does not. So the husband spends an entire Sunday morning tinkering with it, looking up YouTube videos for guidance and coaxing it to function. Finally it starts to make screeching sounds which then slowly subside leaving behind a clear melody.
The couple squeal for joy and the wife jumps up and down as usual, not unlike how the family in mid-19th century must have done (except that the demure wife wouldn’t have behaved like an excited monkey back then) when they witnessed a working light bulb! “Wow!” She exclaims, “A machine that can play music without electricity…how fascinating!”
That, my friends, is the story of our Gramophone.
And so, if the prediction of the 2012 apocalypse comes true with the world nearing its end leading to much mayhem including no power supply, we can sit in a make-shift shelter eating beans out of a can with our good ‘ol gramophone by our side playing sweet music to keep us company.