The Wrong-Number Wallahs

As one of my friends (another foreigner) remarked the other day, one way that you know that you’re becoming a ‘local’ in Nepal is when you start getting prank calls and repeated wrong-number callers on your cell phone.

It happens like this. Wrong-number wallah calls up and barks ‘hello? Hello? where are you?’. Not ‘who is this’? or ‘how are you’? They just want to know your whereabouts. No matter how hard you try to convince them that it’s a galat number and and that it’s none of their business where you are anyway, they still call you back a couple of times just to be on the safe side.

By this point you will have tried to communicate with them in Nepali, and will probably have caused so much hilarity that will they will feel compelled to tell their friends to call you up from another number just to laugh at you.

Wrong number callers are very specific about when they call you. They prefer to wait until you are drifting off to sleep, have settled down with a good book or are in a meeting and have forgotten to put your phone on silent.

There isn’t really all that much you can do about it, although a helpful step is making sure that your business card never, ever falls into the hands of any male who is under the age of 25, drives a motorbike and looks like they might watch too many Bhojpuri movies.

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5 Responses to “The Wrong-Number Wallahs”

  1. I have SUCH a sad existence. I don’t even get prank/blank calls, even though I am a bona-fide Nepali citizen with LOTS of experience in beling Nepali. FML 😡

  2. http://www.dhintang.com/a/
    …[As one of my friends (another foreigner) remarked the other day, one way that you know that you’re becoming a ‘local’ in Nepal is when you start getting prank calls and repeated wrong-number callers on your cell phone. …]

  3. What are these Bhojpuri movies?! They sound great. How about the Ajnabee does a bit of anthropological fieldwork and research into them and spill the beans?

  4. That’s something I am planning to do, Tintin! Watch this space

  5. […] call/wrong number wallah call, also the preserve of bored young men, but is subtly different (see this post). The former is cheeky and generally harmless, the latter can be genuinely menacing and […]

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