JournalismPakistan.com Decemer, 2014
Doesn’t it annoy you when people play tease. Like you are minding your own business and they say, hey, I have something very urgent to ask you, real heavy duty stuff. So you say okay, sock it to me. And now they get coy. Not today, not the right time, tell you when it’s appropriate, too many people around, hold it for another day.
Then why did you start the subject if you were going to mince around it. I get a message from a friend saying he has a major problem, the situation is like ba-a-a-ad and I message back saying what is the crisis. No answer. I repeat the question. No answer. Then two hours later he writes and says, will inform when needed, okay for now.
Can I discuss something personal with you? Sure. Are you certain? Yes, that is why I said sure, that is what it means, I am certain. It’s vital to me, you are the only one I can trust. Okay, share. But I could be imposing on you. On second thoughts, maybe not yet, maybe later, let me think about it, no it’s nothing important, not your problem. Well you just made it my problem now you are withdrawing.
Happened to me two nights ago and this person says, heard the latest about you know who, wow, quite a blast huh, really came as a surprise.
You mean you haven’t heard?
Oh, never mind.
Never mind. NEVER MIND. First, you bait the hook, then you shove the hook into my mouth and now you are playing mind games.
And they don’t stop here. Oh, I thought you knew. Now, it’s not important, some other time. From cataclysmic to not important in one second.
Why do people do this. Why do they enjoy reeling out something they started then reeling it in.
I’ll tell you later. Frankly, don’t tell me at all. But if you have got going then get to the end of the journey.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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