Little did they realise how their son was missing out on one of life's most important lessons – Good manners.
I feel the greatest loss of our society in the past 20 years is the loss of childhood.
Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere.
Wearing black dress is common in Western societies during mourning.
But I recently saw a lady do it with her Blackberry during a memorial service in Kolkata.
Why else would our generation that is so well connected on line be so disconnected in life.
Put a cell phone in an otherwise courteous person's hand and then watch how the person loses all his awareness of the people around him. Cell phone etiquette is an important part of our social behaviour.
At first I thought it must be a matter of great urgency or else why would anyone attend to a cell phone during a Shraddhanjali Sabha.
However, to my utter amazement, she kept on fiddling for over an hour.
Take Google, which offers free email, data storage, and phone calls to many of us, or Verizon, which charges for smartphones and home phones.
We can withdraw from them anytime, just as we believe that we can delete our day-to-day social activities from Facebook or Twitter.
For all the good that cell phones have brought us, there is a downside.