You know what this is about. It's afternoon. Cell phone rings. A female voice at the other end wants you to buy a credit card/personal loan/whatever product she's marketing.
Earlier, I had outlined two way's to answer that call.
Here's another. This happened today afternoon.
Female Voice (FV): Mr. Mandar Talvekar, sir?
Me (with a bit of "oh, it's that kind of a call" in my voice): Yeah.
FV: Sir, I am calling on behalf of Indiabulls. We have a. . .
Me: But I am not interested in buying any bulls.
Me: I don't want to buy any bulls. In fact, I don't want to buy any animal.
FV (puzzled): Sir, we don't sell bulls.
Me (peeved): Then why do you call yourself Indiabulls?
FV: That's the name of the company. We deal with. . .
(I couldn't believe this girl still hadn't caught on.)
Me: Do you sell cows? Someone I . . .
FV (bewildered and irritated): Cows?
Me (let's try a different tack): Do you have a sister concern called Indiacows?
FV: I am calling on behalf of Indiabulls.
Me (patiently): Yes, yes. I got that. And you don't sell bulls.
Me: But do you sell cows? I know someone who loves cows(*) and might like to talk to you about them. Shall I give you his. . .
The call was cut at that point. Pity, not many people are interested in talking about cows.
*: I have often wondered, what it would be like if we could have hyperlinks in our spoken conversations. And we could somehow click on each hyperlinked spoken word and connect to exactly what. . . (yeah, yeah, I know I have lost it).