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My trip to the Dept of Pharmaceuticals for an 11:30 appt with Davendra Chaudhary went like this: 11:20: Arrived at "Employee Gate" and denied entrance 11:22: Arrived at "General Gate" and waited then signed in 11:24: Arrived at Inner Entrance 2, scanned belongings, waited to sign in, and was told I had to Entrance 3 11:25: Arrived at Inner Entrance 3, waited to sign in, singed in, scanned belongings and proceeded to Davendra Chaudhary's office 11:30: Waited for elevator and went to Floor 3, was re-directed to Floor 2 11:33: Went to Ashok Kumar's office, found out he and Chaudhary were meeting inside and was re-directed to wait in Davendra Chaudhary's office on Floor 3 11:40: Found Davendra Chaudhary's office and was told to wait 11:42: Saw mouse run behind covered box in a poorly ventilated sitting area 11:50: Was summoned by Chaudhary's PA in the adjoining office area 11:55: "Peon" was sent to Ashok Kumar's office with note, explai

how I was sold a pile of shit, literally

Wednesday morning, the gardener who had watered my plants continuously said " khad " and pointed to the plants. A friend confirmed that he was saying "manure." This morning, I opened my bedroom door and found four small bags of manure lying on my terrace. As I walked across the terrace, my gardener cum car washer came jumping over the terrace wall. He asked for 20 rupees. I had only 50 rupees and he did not have change. He began digging up my plants and pouring manure on top. He explained that the bags were 50 rupees each and I had given him 180 rupees Thursday so I owed him 20 rupees. I began feeling badly that I thought I had paid him the 180 rupees for February's work when I had really only paid him for the manure. Five minutes later, he came over and explained how 50 rupees was actually what I owed him: 20 rupees for the manure + 30 rupees for labor. No change was necessary. Of course, I already felt badly for not paying him for Feb so I obligingly