I seldom change my greeting in my voice mail box. I think its a lot of work. But even after months I got my new cellphone, I kept getting calls for Bloomingdale. And all the wrong calls were eating up my day-time minutes. So I decided to change my voice message. It said "hi, this is Deepa not Bloomingdale. Please leave a message". But many people probably thought I was related to Allan Knot or something. I guess they heard "Hi, Deepa Knot, Bloomingdale". English demands, I say "Deepa's cellphone" but I didn't care much and paid the price when people still left messages for me in my answering machine. So I reverted to my old message, the default one.
More than a year ago, I called a person and the message was "Hi, you have reached XYZ. I am currently busy on the other line or I am away from my phone. In any case, your call is very important to me and I don't want to miss it. So please go ahead and leave a brief message, your name and your phone number after you hear the beep and I promise I would get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you very much for your call and I hope you have a nice day". Have a nice day? By the time one gets to hear the beep, the day is over. Somehow after hearing that message, I decided to change mine. Now mine says "This is Deepa's cellphone. You know what to do after the beep". Incidentally, nobody seemed or seems to mind this greeting of mine. Not even the people I have to deal with "officially". As Karma would have it, that person with the longest greeting on cellphone called me and left a message asking me to change my greeting so as not to annoy people. This is life!