It was a lazy Saturday morning, I was getting bored, there was no power and I was done with the newspaper. Just then my land line began ringing, I was expecting it to be a wrong number as I use it only for Internet and I myself do not know the number.
Here is how it went:
Lady Caller: Hello is it Mr. Kamath?
Caller: Hello Mr. Kamath this is Ms xyz calling from abc, Delhi.
Caller: We would like to tell you about our new scheme and it features..Blah…Blah…Blah….Blah…
Me [in thoughts]: Nice voice…suits her telemarketing job, but how did she get my number?
The caller changes over to Hindi..the speed of speech is much faster now.
(continues for 2 minutes)
Caller: What is your age Mr. Kamath?
Me: I am not interested in your offer. Thank you.
Caller: Mr Kamath. How can you tell you are not interested, you have not yet heard about it. How can you decide on its pro and cons before you hear about it…
Me (I cut her in between): If I am not interested..there is no point of any decision..Thank you.
Caller: No Mr. Kamath…Once you hear about the scheme…blah..blah..blah……blah…(continues speaking for 2 more minutes)
Me (in thoughts): Let her continue..you tried your best not to waster her time, now it is she who wants to continue talking to you..so let her do that…at least she is offering some good time pass. Come on, how often do you hear such fine tuned voice expect from such unexpected callers.
Caller: Mr. Kamath.. Can I know your age?
Me (in thoughts): Why is she behind my age, is she looking for someone to get married to??? Also If she can get my number, name and tells me that I am in good financial state how come she can’t find my out my age?
Me: No..no.. don’t stop please continue…
Caller: Mr. Kamath…If I go on continuing and give you all the details..blah…blah..blah and then if you tell me that you are not interested it will be bad.
Me: Didn’t I already tell you I am not interested in your offering..(almost laughing)
Caller: Ok. your wish..(cuts the call)
Me (in thoughts): I should have told her to call again after all she spent a good 10 minutes talking to me.
As I kept the phone down, power came back and I was left wondering was it just a coincidence or a marketing tactic ;-)