The first two days of every month were hard for me, lots of SMS and chats, even (shudder) face-to-face interactions, all around the now (in)famous phrase – Happy New Month!

This looks like part of our culture now, I am resigned to deleting lots of messages around this period and just enduring the phone calls and in-person ones. I even have a routine now, listen, mumble something and carry on. But I have not mastered how to erase the awkward pause when the other party is waiting for a response in kind.

How did this even start?

What is the purpose?

And how do you guys feel about it all?

PS. My mum has joined in, she called today and wished me Happy New Month!!!

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