23 September, 2020

Ringtones In Neon-Lit Halls

It was our second skin. Then Nokia got unconnected by complacency.

Ringtones In Neon-Lit Halls

3310. 6310. 2600. 5210. No, this isn’t a sequence from the TV series, Touch. They are model numbers of popular Nokia handsets—a brand with great equity in India. For many, Nokia was their first mobile handset and likely the most favourite. Sony was my first mobile handset, but I have used a plethora of Nokia phones since then. At the peak of its popularity, Nokia cut across age and lifestyle barriers—there was a Nokia for everyone. Back then in my office, E71 ruled the roost—it could send e-mail and surf the internet pretty efficiently. And then there was the ‘boss phone’—Nokia Communicator. It could double up as a geometry box or a writing table even and went well with the boss’s Opel Corsa or Contessa.

And once you got used to a Nokia phone, it was impossible to move away. I remember switching to a Sony Ericsson and the Motorola iTunes phone and struggling with the keyboard and shortcuts. There were corny, college humour type jokes about its name (‘No-kiya’), its sturdiness (‘I got angry and...



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