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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Voice message

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!

27 Comments:

Blogger Me said...

lol.....

....same pinch deepa....last week....en thalaivar kooptu dei me innum onnaku minnadi irudhavan per dhan da iruku...messageaa maathu nu sonnaru...inniki one more person said me u have to change that nu....nan maathalaye.....

10:23 PM  
Blogger Casement said...

lol...the greeting that has annoyed me the most is this -'Hello'...pause...'Heyyy'...pause...'Got ya!' and a crazy loser kinda giggle...

It is funny to note how conscious a person sounds in the greeting!:))

10:41 PM  
Blogger Me said...

...just to clear things..i have been at this place for last 7 months...

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

Sivamani Sivamani nnu oru drummer.. avan voice mail la drums, tabala, marimamman koil udukkai, ellam vasichapram.."sivamani's voicemail..pls leave a message" nnu sollum. avan drummer nnu ippadi announce pannidaan terinjikanuma?

John abraham voicemail la Bipasha basu voda voice irukkumaam..so,ashwarya rai voice kekkanumna ellarum abhishek bacchanukku fone pannunga

seri appo maniratnam oda voicemail eppadi irukkum? "mani-voicemail-message" nnu avaroda dialaaks madiri ee irukkum

what about visu's voicemail? yabaaaa oru kaviyameee ezudalam.. ayyo deepa, adikka varaada.. pleaseeeeeee

5:07 AM  
Blogger Casement said...

bubby, u provide some major entertainment!:))

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so u too signed up for that Moto Razr?

Rajesh

3:07 PM  
Blogger Prabhu said...

LOL on Deepa Knott Bloomingdale :)
Even I have heard messages thanking me for calling ABC, leave your name, number, a brief(!) message, a good time to call, and the list goes on....!

Some funny messages include:
I call abc.

ABC: heloooooooo....
me: hi da, how are you?
hello.
heloo.
helooo(?)

after 5 seconds: tricked you, this is abc's mailbox. Leave a message :)

3:43 PM  
Blogger The Talkative Man said...

Alan Knott is funny :)

What's the first thing that stands out in a desi's voicemail? The americanized fake accent sticking out like a sore thumb :((

7:17 PM  
Blogger VC said...

lol at the post & bubby's comment. visu's message will be something like 'ippo naan irundhundey phone-a answer pannalaenna ippadi pannuveengalaa, illa illaama phone-a answer pannalaenna vaera message viduveengalaa, illa naaney answer panni message maadhiri paesinaa......' well. u get the picture.

imsai arasan (me): message-a maaththaama irukkaradhula appadi yenna perumai!!! ;)

yennadhu Deepa Not-Blooming Dale-a? Put some fertilizer. Sorry couldn't resist.

*Apologies to any non-Tamil knowing commenters*

9:18 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Me, we can have a competition as to who is lazier. And you'll win probably.;-)
Casement, if I ever hear such a messae, I'd give an earful. Or better yet, wait on the line without leaving a message. When the person checks the message, he'd have to listen to that empty one fully and only then can h/she delete the message. Idhu epdi irukku?
Bubby, engayo poittitye. Idhu yaaru namakku pottiya VC?;-)
Prabhu, you call those messages funny. You are patient.:-)
TTM, sore thumb...true. As long as the person accepts its put on, I find it normal. I would think the accent is more to be understood than to show ishtyle. What say you?
VC, engayo poittiye.....tsk tsk..

9:25 PM  
Anonymous thetalkativeman said...

deepa, the only requirement is to talk slowly. Americans themselves are keen to say 'Ramesh' the way it should said rather than 'Raw Mesh'

3:03 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

haha deepa...
alan knott...i thot i was the only one who knew useless names like that...

5:05 PM  
Blogger NaiKutti said...

I remember one other person who had such a message "you know what to do" but it didn't have the first statement. The voice message starts with "You know what to do now" :-).

I once had a voice message "You have reached karthik's cellphone, leave me a message and karthik will get back to you as soon as possible". Treating the cellphone as a third person always makes the message interesting

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...

VC- Visu would probably say "INDAA NAAAL.. INDDDRRUUU.. oru penn ippadi voice mail-il message vidugiraal endral.. adarku aval enna paadu patirukkavendum.. adanaal aval evvalavu kashtangaalai sanditirukka vendum.. adanaal ilaingargalee.. message vidungall. *vande mataram song*"

Kamal - Enadu kai-paesiyil kural olipadivu seyyum parimaanathin oru pagudiyaga, kalaignanagiya naan tamizhan ennum adayalathai ungalukku taruvadil perumidam kolgindren.. with writer sujatha, madhan and the likes clapping in the background and saying "aamam aamam" (inda message kamal-ukke puriyumanu sandegam)

Suhasini :NAA inda cellphonea vaangumbodu ENAKKU 40 vayasu.. appo ENNODA kudumbam sonnanga, ENAKKU english teriyadunnu.. but, I made it a point to learn english and I bought the phone and ippa ungakooda NAA pesitirukken-naa adukku enna karanam? NAANDAAN
[purushan 3 vaarthaila pesina, iva 3 naal pesuva]

7:40 AM  
Blogger Kaps said...

The long message should be a good idea if you want to dissuade people from leaving a msg. what is your phone number :-)

6:07 AM  
Blogger Me said...

me going to change the message tomorrow....

7:57 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

TTM, you are partly right. But I've had many people call me "Depp-a". How easy can a name get!
Ajay, are you calling Allan Knott useless or me, for remembering him?
Karthik, are you the one that refers to oneself in 3rd person? I would like to talk to you offline ;-) I understand "karthik's cellphone" but "Karthik will call you"? That is funny.
Bubby, en abimaanatthukku paatthiramaana nadiagarai nee avamadhitthadhaal, nondhu ponen. Aanal nam natpaik karudhi unnai mannitthen.;-) Suhasini...lol. So true. She would also add "I think all women should have cellphone and have bold messages and thus prevent being targets of eve-teasing". Only she would know the connection. And how did you forget "En Iniya Thamizh makkaley" BarathiRaaja?
Me, this one is for you and Bubby. Indha post -ai paditthu oru maanidan message -ai maatrinaal, adhai en vetri yaaga karudhugiren, andha maanidanai thalai vanangugiren. (And there I see non-tamils running away and bidding a goodbye to my blog);-)

11:07 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

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11:07 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

kaps, thats probably true. My number? I'll contact you.Have your email ID. ;-)

3:19 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

Deepa
i meant i thot i was the weirdo knowing such weird English cricketers like Alan Knott, Chris Tavare etc..
but maybe u r also useless..atleast i got company;)...

8:17 PM  
Blogger Syam said...

I had the same problem and it was really annoying me..so I set up a voice mail which said "If you are in emergency please dial 911 otherwise do hang up"

11:37 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Ajay, Alan Knott wasn't a bad guy to remember. Right?
Syam, thats funny.:-)

1:08 PM  
Blogger Ajay said...

sure, he was quite a character, that too among the average boring Pommies...

8:01 PM  
Blogger Always ! said...

ha ha :)) good one ! I'v come across some crazy VMs, but the frequent so called polite ones like u have mentioned !

6:20 AM  
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