AE (Airtel Employee): Hello Madam, I’m calling from Airtel. This is regarding your address verification.
Me: Oh! Ok… (surprised tone, because I took the connection on August 8th…and it’s already October 2nd!)
AE: Madam, this connection is under the name Ajay?
Me: Yes. That’s my brother.
AE: And you are using this?
AE: Ok, Madam, I’ll read out the address, please confirm. It is: Ajay, xxx-102, Xxxxxxxx Lane, Xxxxxxxxx, Trivandrum?
Me: Yes, that’s right.
AE: Ok, Madam, does your brother reside at the same address?
Me: Of course, he does.
AE: Ok Madam, could you tell me his address?
Me 😯 : Whaaaaaatttt ??????
AE: Hello? Ok, Madam, then no need… Madam, you might get a call from our head office, to check on me — to know whether I’d come to your residence for the verification. I’m not coming, but please tell them I came. Could you do that for me, please?
Me: Ahem. (Thinking: ‘Verifier’ being verified by the ‘verifyee’??!!) Sure…why not? Will they ask me to verify your name?
AE: No, Madam. But in case they do, my name is Aneesh.
Me: Deal, dude! (to myself, 😉 )
This happened yesterday…on 2nd October. On Gandhi Jayanthi, on the birthday of the Father of our Nation, on the birthday of that guy who preached non-violence and did weird experiments with TRUTH, I’m asked to bear false testimony!! 😮
Right now, am experimenting with my conscience. Do I support AE? Or do I ditch the deal and act shocked if the call comes from his head office??