Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Cellularly challenged!!!

Whenever I meet someone or talk to someone, there is one common question that I come across - "What is your cell number?" And I really don't know how to reply. For the simple reason that I am "cellularly challenged". In other words, I do not have a cell phone. It seems that a cell phone has become one of the basic necessities of life, along with 'Roti', 'Kapda' and 'Makaan'. It has been a conscious decision to remain cellularly challenged, for 'n' reasons which are best not made public. :-) Besides, the moment I hear the word 'cell phone', there is only 1 image that crosses my mind - a (unshaven, untidy) man talking on a phone (landline) in his (prison) cell.

It doesn't matter who I am talking to... Be it Miss M or Mr. A or Miss R or Mr. S - they are all surprised to know that I am surviving without a cell phone. I am getting a feeling that a cell phone is more important than oxygen... Or is it just a figment of my imagination? Though this is not the first time that my friends have been asking me to buy a cell phone. But it is after a long long time that these questions have been thrown at me. And this time, I don't have any answer. Some of the questions are as follows-

Mr. S - Tera cell number kya hai? Oh, haan, main jaanta hoon tu cell nahi use karta, lekin iske peeche kya funda hai yeh mujhe samajh nahi aata.

Miss M - How am I supposed to contact you Sumi?

Mr. A's fiance - How do we reach you if you are not at home and you don't have a cell phone either?

Miss R - What if we want to disturb you? How can we disturb you if you don't have a cell phone?

I understand the concerns that these questions convey. But I do have a landline number, which I share with my friends. So if anyone needs to contact me, they can call me up at my landline number. And if I am not at home, they can leave a message for me. But this doesn't seem to suit everyone. And if I keep getting queries regarding my cell number at this rate, I don't think I will remain cellularly challenged for long. I will be forced to get a cellular subscription and change my status from 'Cellularly challenged' to 'Cellularly connected'. Lets see how soon does this transformation take place.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sumeet Bhai,

Whatever you say....every coin has two sides! I am going to experience the 2nd side very soon ... in Dec when I am going for my Honeymoon:-) But all said & done the fact remains... You are not easily reachable, aur hame aunty ko baar baar disturb nahi karna! Warna vaapas tujhe pack karke pardes bhej degi;-)...Ashu.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Martin Cooper's cell phone invention will go waste if you won't use it. Every thing is made for some good reason siji :)

9:30 PM  
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