i was going thru my daily morning routine of having coffee, checking mails, checking blog comments, smiling to myself, checking facebook/orkut *simultaneously, yeah!* when suddenly, out of d blue, i heard a "ping". now, i don't usually leave my speakers on... so i WAS startled... and looked around expecting to see an elf apparate. *it's believable when i'm sleepy* and then, there was another "ping"... i was awake by now & about to go and check if i've left the oven on... but then, i saw this tiny pop-up on my gmail window. it sed "'X' says...". now, this was a pretty regular feature. mornings are usually when it's evening in india and my frenz are online. and we chat.
but the issue was : 'X' is not a fren. actually, i don't know WHO X is. or how he happens to be on my gtalk. i thought i shud try speaking to him, and thereby, delve further into this matter.
but X was saying a rather neutral... "hello. long time"
umm... ok. sure! i mean, i seem to have forgotten u... THAT long!
now u've GOT to r'ber that it's early morning. and i don't function very well at that hour of the day. so i buzzed back: "how long?"
and X, surprisingly says... "some time now. u haven't been online recently?"
oh hell.. he tracks my online activity?! he sounds like a stalker! *yeah, yeah... i think i'm worthy of stalking n all!*
the rest of our conversation went like this. i quote:
me: what're u doing on my frenz list?
X: i don't know. i saw u online today. thought i'd check on u.
me: i don't think i know u. nor how u got here.
X: i'm "X" work with monkie, we handle the --- platform for "pineapple"? u don't r'ber me?
*names have, obviously, been changed here!*
i knew ALL of d aforementioned, except X, of course!
me: oh! ok. i have co-ordinated with a few monkies while i worked with hungama. i handled d pineapple, yeah.
but no, i don't recollect u. sorry.
X: oh... tom had told me to co-ordinate with u the other day, r'ber? over the weekend of the krrish press con?
*honestly, it was more like couple of years back rather than "other day". also, there were 3 agencies and approx 30 ppl i had to co-ordinate with for getting that content live. i don't r'ber! but anywez...*
me: but y're u on my gtalk?
X: i had ur id, so i added u.
well, he's blocked & deleted now! also, this wasn't the first time i found someone unknown *unwanted, maybe?* on my gtalk list. has happened a couple of times before. but this time, it made me revisit my entire gtalk list and weed out people i thought were not frenz. *essentially, ppl i cudn't r'ber!* also, have weeded out everybody i haven't chatted with/mailed in a year. oh yeah, if u're not a fren, u will not be on my gtalk, facebook or orkut. simple. also, if any of u have added me "because you had my id", delete me. NOW! or at least, don't try & chat with me d next time u see me online! the whole creepy line of "friends are strangers till they become frenz", or wotever the crap is, doesn't work with me!
p.s.: if you have my id BCOZ i gave it to u, PLZ chat with me! :)