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Can’t take the call

Unwanted calls can drain you more than the mundane chores. A witty reply can cut the call short.

entertainment Updated: Nov 14, 2009 13:15 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

There are times when countless ‘random’ calls from banks offering loan, product selling companies and plenty like them irritate and make you feel like an ‘answering machine’. Well! If you get annoyed at times, (attending these calls) doesn’t mean that your’e less thankful in any way, to the followers of Graham Bell — for the endeavours taken by them in upgrading the stationary telephone to a mobile. “You do get disturbed if you get a ‘random’ call in middle of something important,” says Lifestyle Management expert Rachana Khanna Singh.

But many, who so want to say ‘bug me not’ to these calls, do end up attending these ‘unwanted’ calls. Listen to me Ritu Pant, a media person, says, “There was a time when I used to take all the calls. But now I just don’t pick up the number I am not familiar with. And these random calls from banks, cell phone companies, heater companies and what not, drive me nuts.”

There may come, a decent ‘I am busy’ reply from some (who are at the receiving end), but then there are others, who are over-nagged by these ‘random’ calls, and can turn volatile. Maya Malik, a journalist, says, “I don’t always attend calls from relatives. Later, I often say, ‘I was busy’. And whenever I get these ‘random’ calls from companies, I tell them, ‘I am in the DND (Do Not Disturb) list, so if you still call me, I will file a case against you’.”

Patience works “I think we should train ourselves to attend these calls with a little more patience and tolerance. Having a standard line, or a witty reply can be a better way to deal with the situation,” says Khanna. “I take some 15 such calls everyday. Mostly I try and be hunorousm,”says Nitin Sadhu, engineer. “But by the end of day, even I start getting irritated,” she confesses.