Irritated, I answered the call.
Hullo, is that Sunayana.
Yes, who is this? (I was in no mood for Pleases.)
My name is Rocky S, I want to make friendship with you --
This, in the middle of a perfectly good fight... I ask you!
So I told him curtly not to call me up ever again, particularly in the middle of the night and cut him off midway in a convoluted sentence in which he was trying to explain how the middle of the night was a good time to 'make friendship'.
That completely ruined the mood, as you can imagine. And since V was right in front of me I decided to share the joke rather than try to pick up where we'd left off. Somehow he didn't find it as funny. Wonder why?
Rocky S (or a friend of his since this was from a different number) was silly enough to try again, a few minutes later. So I let V answer and had the joy of watching my husband yell at some dumb kid for daring to make crank calls to his wife. It was quite cute. And he decided to take his angst out on this person, so there was colourful language thrown in for good measure. Now V's brother may be a far, far better swearer than V any day, but V's not too bad himself. And I don't normally let him swear at me because then I usually answer in kind and I'd like to break the habit because I honestly don't want my children's first words to be "bokathoda" or anything equally sweet. No matter what my friends plan.
That was Episode 1, last week.
This morning, the weirdo struck again. Gave me a missed call first. Since I didn't recognise the number I didn't bother to call back. After a minute or so he called back, but this time didn't ring off. So I answered. And he went, Sunayana?
Yes, who is this please?
I want to make frien--
That's when I got bored and put the phone on the table. Was too busy to listen to his whining anyway.
So he messaged. And that's one's so funny, I'll type it out for you.
Few relations in earth never die. READ AGAIN. Few(F) Relations(R) In(I) Earth(E) Never(N) Die(D). I jst want 2 have frdshp with u.Do u know [name removed] i want her inf
It wasn't even me he wanted to 'make friendship' with, middle of the night or not. I'm not sure but I think I'm insulted.
First he's too cheap to call. Then he says he only wants info about another girl. Some people just have no tact, I tell you.
Later Note: Since my blog seems to be read mostly by non-Bengali speakers, I just thought I ought to point out that "bokathoda" is how a kid might pronounce "bokachoda", which, as Cousin T so memorably defined for me once, is Bengali for "foolish fornicator". That's something else you know, now.