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Boy fails to say ‘sorry’ due to 100 SMS cap by TRAI, loses girlfriend

18, Oct 2011 By Varun Gupta

New Delhi. When TRAI limited the number of sent text messages to 100 per user per day last month, little did it realize that it could spoil the love-life of someone. Nirakaar Patel, a second-year engineering student has lost his girlfriend Sagarika (name changed) after he failed to send a “sorry” SMS after sending 100 SMSs explaining his “objectionable” conduct of chatting online with another girl. Nirakaar has sued TRAI for this loss.

“She was not picking up the phone and I had to send her text messages to explain my position,” a now-single Nirakaar recounted his harrowing experience, “Fortunately she was replying to my SMSs and I tried my best to tell her what happened. Finally I decided to admit my guilt, even though I was not guilty, and say sorry to her; but my quota of sending 100 SMSs had finished by then.”

Nirakaar had been ‘going in and out’ with his love interest Sagarika for two years now. Sagarika was performing her routine activity of logging in from Patel’s Gmail account yesterday morning when she received a ping from a female batchmate of Nirakaar.

SMS delivery failure report
Last nail in the coffin

The ping read “hey, free tonight?”, and hell broke loose after that.

“It was my Arundhati, my batchmate, and she was asking if I was free to attend the group meeting to discuss a mechanical engineering project that night,” Nirakaar told Faking News what he couldn’t tell Sagarika even after sending 100 messages and 1000 words that he could say before Sagarika left him for her home.

“She just won’t listen to me and walked out,” he said, “I would say ‘meeting’ and she would mock it by terming it ‘mating’. We kept exchanging SMSs when I finally realized that perhaps it was better to accept whatever she way accusing me of and get out of it by saying sorry.”

However it was too late by then. “Sorry. Your daily limit has expired. Please wait till tomorrow” read the operator’s message at 4 PM.

At 6 PM, he received the “final” SMS from Sagarika – “It’s all over now. Goodbye and enjoy your mating with Arundhati.”

Nirakaar couldn’t reply to that message and out of desperation, he rushed to the nearest PCO – an entity that has almost gone extinct – only to find Sagarika’s cellphone switched off.  She later sent him an e-mail saying she had dumped him and has moved on to some muscular next door guy.

Early today morning, Nirakaar tried his best to restart the dialogue with his girlfriend, but of no use; she was an ex now. A frustrated Nirakaar has now decided to sue TRAI, claiming damages for mental agony and physical loss.

A group called the Frustrated Boyfriends of India (FBI) has filed this lawsuit in the Silchar court on behalf of Nirakaar. Incidentally, FBI had earlier welcomed the TRAI regulation and even changed their tagline to “We have a life, now” hinting at possible end to their chronic victimization by telestalking: an art mastered by the urban female where she needs continuous updates about her beau’s whereabouts, whatabouts and whyabouts around the clock.

“We clearly didn’t see this coming,” said Neeraj, the national president of FBI, “The incident has exposed gaping loopholes in TRAI’s rule that needs to be addressed. Our members should get special cards allowing them to work around this capping once in a while in such emergency situations.”

TRAI didn’t respond to Faking News requests for a quote even after we sent 100 SMSs to the chairman.