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Kusumam J., 54

This social activist-professor knows a thing or two about organising a strike —via the phone

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Kusumam J., 54
Kusumam J., 54

Which mobile phone do you have?

Nokia X2.

What do you mainly use it for?

To call my son Kannan, a college student. But 95 per cent of my calls are made to stay connected with social issues and the civil society movement. I am the state convenor of the National Alliance of People’s Movement.

How many calls do you make in a day?

If I am organising a seminar or a strike, I have to call people up personally because they prefer calls to e-mail or paper invites. On these occasions I make over a 100 calls in a day.

So it has helped your work?

My phone is my friend and it is an extension of my body.

Has it ever landed you in a soup?

When I give a quote on a certain issue and forget that they may be recording the conversation. That can create some tension.

Do you think it controls you?

I think it does sometimes. As a social activist, I get a continuous flow of calls. Every morning, I have to put my phone on silent at 7 am so that I can get ready and reach college in time.

Your ringtone?

Kayettha doorae oru kuttikaalam. Mazhavellum pollae oru kuttikaalam.”

The mobile app you use most?

The reminder function works as my diary.

What’s your monthly bill like?

I have a BSNL monthly schemes for maximum calls and messages, so under Rs 1,000.

Ever feel overwhelmed by it?

I don’t because I have control over my phone. I can always switch it off if I want to.

What do you think of Thrissur’s very own K. Radhakrishnan’s recent skyrocketing achievements?

I applaud his achievements but I’m apprehensive about his deliberate promotion of religion in the workplace. Religion should stay in the private space.


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