Cellphones are a part of life these days. But landlines were common earlier and they rung in funny moments too.
“Hello, can I speak to X?” asked a caller.
“He has gone out,” I replied.
“I will hold on, call him,” she said angrily. I wondered whether I was mad or she.
* A reader called up.
“I want to point out some mistakes in your newspaper.”
I quietly gave the phone to a subordinate saying it was for him. My colleague started with a pleasant “Good morning,” but slowly his face was changing from smile to frown. In five minutes, his BP was up. “Excuse me, you are shouting at a wrong person. Hold on,” and then thrust the receiver on my hands angrily. “We have taken note. Thanks,” I banged the phone.
* My colleague and his wife had had a fight at home. I picked up when she rang the office. “What kind of friend you got?” she blasted me. “I chose a stupid friend. You chose a stupid husband. But don’t be violent with him, he is an innocent baby,” I joked. Thank God, she laughed and they made up.