the phone rings at ungodly hours of the night (or morning),
I assume that it is an emergency and hurry to answer. Usually,
while half blinded with sleep, I grope the bedside table
for the light switch, press the “on”button of my phone and
croak out a weak “hello.”
of the time it is not an emergency and the caller is one
of my friends calling to have a late night chat. Out of
decency, after hearing my sleepy voice whoever it is says
hello and murmurs a quick apology before hanging up. However,
there are times when there is no emergency and the caller
is definitely not a friend of mine. I am talking about late
night prank-callers of the male variety. It is true that
the female population has its share of prank callers, but
somehow they do not upset me as much and do not make me
feel threatened in the same way.
prank calling is irritating as it is, but when someone does
it in the middle of the night and disturbs your sleep, it
is unforgivable. It is not only childish but a complete
waste of everyone's time. Unlike other parts of the world,
prank callers in Bangladesh are usually grown men who never
have a chance in hell of finding anyone to “make friendship
with them,” as they put it. I cannot seem to understand
the kind of training that these men get: harass someone
and make their lives miserable and you will prevail! The
world is your oyster as long as you don't have the courage
to make real friends and instead, hope that some lonely
girl will automatically fall in love with your sexy phone
voice. I don't think so!
have a few regular prank callers. The first one is the king
of sophistication and continues to shout obscenities at
me. He assumes that at some point I will realise that all
this time I have been lying to myself and that my deepest
desire is to talk to a man who verbally abuses me. I'm sure
that after some time, all his obscene words will break down
my cold, hard outer shell and I will fall madly in love
with this wonderful man whose knowledge of the English language
is limited to four-letter words .
second regular prank caller I have is really imaginative.
He has devised this INGENIOUS idea of calling me on the
same number and asking for different women. When I tell
him that he has called the wrong number (again) he apologises
profusely only to call back five minutes later and repeat
his Oscar deserving performance with another made-up name.
Maybe he is hoping that one day he will get my name right
and then I will fall in love with him because of course
I am not intelligent enough to recognise his voice. And
of course, all I ever wanted was a man to harass me in the
middle of the night with his silly games.
callers are pathetic because they bask in their anonymity.
There is nothing nice and respectable about such individuals.
Especially if the person on the other end has made it obvious
that she does not want to talk to you. Look, buddy I would
like to tell my frequent prank-caller, if you are looking
for new friends, try to meet them first through your other
friends. And if you are sad enough to not have any friends,
then I don't want to talk to you anyway! If it is a case
of calling the wrong number the correct thing to do is to
hang up and not call back. Calling back and trying to make
a new friend is not something that will win you brownie
points in my book.
wonder though, why these men don't get the hint. Do other
women encourage them? Or maybe they are masochistic and
crave the abuse a woman spits out when she reaches the end
of her patience.