Which phone do you have?
Nokia (not sure of the model).
How many have you changed so far?
This is my seventh in the last 13 years.
What do you mainly use it for?
Calls, messages, mail, Whatsapp, FB....
Who do you call the most?
My office colleagues.
Whose call do you wait for?
How many calls do you make in a day?
Is it crucial to your profession?
Definitely, most calls I make are related to work.
When has it been crucial to you?
When my father was in the hospital, and someone was inside the ICU with him. I kept calling to find out how he was.
How much time do you spend on the phone?
Hours, because as a newsperson I have to be on call 24 hours.
When has it let you down?
It has gone hung at the most inopportune moments, like when I was sending important news from the field during elections.
Do you think it controls you?
If not the phone, I find people control me via my phone. For instance, my bosses control me through the phone. I have to keep my phone on through the night for emergency news...like when 26/11 happened I was called in the middle of the night and told to report to the studio.
Whose photos do you have on your phone?
My 18 cats, relatives and close friends.
What is your ringtone?
The default one, but my caller tune is Elvis’s Are You Lonesome Tonight?
How much will you spend on a new phone?
Rs 15,000-20,000, not more. I really rough-use my phone.
Can you live without the phone for a day?
Yes, I can, but it will be a tough day!
What do you think of Neel Mukherjee, and his making it to the Booker shortlist?
I haven’t read the book so I can’t comment. I am happy about his achievements but I am not going to complain and say “Why didn’t he win?” just because he is from Calcutta.
Hometown Achiever: Neel Mukherjee, Writer