Common Courtesy… Is it too much to ask for?

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I feel obliged to write this piece because “this” has happened to me 4 times in the past year and in my book that is one time too many. What is “this” you ask? Well I was recently contacted by one of my juniors in regards to pursuing higher studies outside of Pakistan. What is wrong with this? The fact that he called me at 5 AM in the morning. The reason that I was more pissed about this specific incident is that I had just come back from work at 12 and got into bed around 2:30 AM, just to be woken up less than 3 hours later and unable to get back to bed (I will get later to this as to why).

Some people actually suggested such an ingenious method to counter this problem… by putting my phone on silent mode… clearly this gem of an idea would have never crossed my mind (cough*Sarcasm*cough). However our comrade was persistent, three excruciating long calls accomplished a feat that only the grim reaper could have.

Now some people may think I am over reacting to this but most of the people who are living and studying abroad, away from their families would tend to agree with my opinion. If somebody calls you at an insane hour then the first thing that pops into your head is that something bad might have happened. This feeling is worsened when the number is from Pakistan and gets even worse when the number is from someone who is not on your contact list. It took me 5 minutes to realize that what had happened and it took me the next 5 hours worrying about if everything was ok back home (when you are sleep deprived you tend to think up a lot of bull and I do mean a lot of it).

 Now this is not the first time this has happened, one other individual did something similar but he upped the ante. He would not learn after the first time, at the first incident he called me at 2 AM on my cell. However the next time he had to prove to be an inconvenience to everyone I was sharing a house with, he actually called the landline which was common to us all at 1 in the morning. The height of embarrassment I had to face that night is beyond reasonable.

With all stated I once again ask… Is common courtesy too much to ask for?

5 Replies to “Common Courtesy… Is it too much to ask for?”

  1. Saad bhai,
    what is your number? Please specify a time for me to call you.
    I really need to talk about admission to ANU.

  2. I am sorry but I cannot post my number on a public forum, you can send me an email in regards to this or look me up on FB for that matter. Anytime from 8 AM to 8 PM (Canberra, ACT time zone) is acceptable.

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