It happened exactly fifteen minutes back. I am still confused about how I should react about it. It’s still so fresh in my mind, that without letting any more thoughts cloud my mind I decided to write about it.
I recently participated in a writing contest and luckily secured a winning spot. I was approached by the organizers of the contest for my contact details so that the prize be sent over to me. I was happy about it all and replied promptly. All these interactions were through e-mail.
I have been expecting the prize to reach my doorstep anytime. In today’s age and times courier services have taken over the usual services of the Indian postal department. I am aware of this fact and am alright with it. I also understand the importance of providing one’s mobile number along with these parcels to help contact the recipient in case of any need to gather information. All this is routine and we all do it habitually, so do I.
Let’s get back to what happened 15 minutes back. I was relaxing, listening to some 70s hit songs just when my mobile buzzed. It was an unknown mobile number. When I answered the phone, the male voice on the other end greeted me with my full name. As the conversation moved on, he mentioned the item I am expecting to receive as my prize, as to whether I had ordered it. My mind jumped to connect him to someone from the courier company.
On my query who was I speaking to, the person asked where was I talking from (as in what part of the country). I know, I should have caught it right then, but without giving it a second thought I uttered the place I am from. Before I could stop and snap back, the man continued ” madam what is your husband’s name?” (a smart trick to determine my marital status)
Cutting him short I retorted, “Who am I talking to?” to this there was no answer.
My question met another question, “What does your husband do?”
I had literally had enough. I know, I could have disconnected the call and ended the conversation if it was disturbing me, but I decided otherwise. I snapped back at him, ” I hardly know you and you don’t even have the courtesy to introduce yourself. I am not interested in divulging any personal details to you.”
The man got a STOP signal right then and he mumbled, “OK, OK” and the line went dead.
I know the conversation sounds pretty normal and I seem to be over-reacting. Had he asked to confirm my address or the location of my house, I wouldn’t have been thrown in the thought process I am currently in.
The thought that’s been ringing in my mind since this call ended is,
If this was a call from anyone of the organizers of the contest or from the courier company, wouldn’t they have introduced themselves before talking to me?
Why would a courier person be interested in my personal life, just because he read the mobile belonged to a female?
How tacky can people get if they get hold of a girl’s mobile number (no-matter if they have no clue of the girl’s age)?
Or was it a call from someone who actually knows about this blog and is curious to know my personal details, because for the contest I had written the entry on this blog, because he actually mentioned the prize item and asked whether I have ordered it (this is a very rare possibility, but a curious soul and a sleuth mind like mine, can think of anything).
I simply hope I don’t get any more crazy fraaandship calls, else only God can save the caller from this paranoid soul.
P.S. - I am not mentioning the contest and the organizer website for I am hoping they’ll respond to my complaint e-mail and will be careful in future.
The song on my mind: