Sunday, September 14, 2008

Power Theft!!!

It was a great weekend... Seriously a great one....What is the fine amount a political party pays for stealing power from an electrical line in India for some road side meeting? (பிரச்சாரம் to be precise). How many houses in India have a tampered electrical meter and pay peanuts to the electricity board(with the help of EB Men, of course!!)?? What is the fine amount if such a person is caught by the EB? Well I am not sure. But I know in US what it means by power theft. How?? Read on...
Saturday morning I was just out of my bed at 11A local time and I have a person from the Duke Energy(private player in providing e'city and other facilities similar to EB in India) who comes by the door.
He : who is Mr Babu(Addressed by my Second name).
Me: I said yeah its me.. How you doing?
He: Good and I need to talk to you.
Me: Sure come on in.
He: I am not coming in(with a stern face, so I went out). you people have tampered with the power meter and this the component you have broken and the blah blah is gone(All I could recollect was how I hated XII standard 9th Chapter in Physics...)
Me: No we dint do that.. But anyways whats the problem now?
The next words of his made me think of running to the sea shore, jumping into the sea and swimming back to India.
He: I need to call the cops. This is a case of power theft and I need to report to them. You need to pay $1000 fine or accept for 3 months IMPRISONMENT!!!!!!
ME: aaaaahhhaaaa!!!!
The next few minutes I had to do a multi tasking in my head. Thinking of the following:
1. Make him understand that I seriously dint do that . (The obvious thing to do.)
2. Figure out who is a good lawyer here. (Gandhiji where are you????)
3. Arrange for $1000 to throw it in Indian style.... take it!!!!!
4. Will he accept bribe?? (Indian BTW!!!!)
But finally all the experience of negotiation with all the shop keepers for prices, the experience of asking teachers for marks, the experience of asking friends for treats and getting them, the experience of begging to my computer programs to show some mercy on me and run smoothly without errors and many such experiences finally helped me.
After about almost half an hour of talking, talking, talking.... a deal struck...
He: You sound good and I feel that you would not have done it. So you will have to pay a fine of $160 for the tampered component. I will talk to the folks back at office.
Me: Thanks man... I appreciate it... (I seriously did appreciate!!!)
I had to pay to the office through phone and I realized that every step you take in foreign soil is like walking in a land filled with land-mines!!!!
BTW is it at-least Rs. 1000 in India fine for power theft???

Watch this!!!! என் respect போச்சு your honour!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Absolute Peace..

How can you be a 50% peaceful with the current settings?? Can you in the first place?? If no was my reply, then I would not be bloggin this at all. Yes 'we' can. As simple as keeping your mobile away. I was a reckless user of mobile phones in India and after coming to US, I and my brother share a mobile and he has it all the time. So I am without a mobile yet I have a number for others to communicate. It works like this : every evening I get the info that so and so called up and if need be I will call back and inquire whats the matter... Absolute peace.. No disturbace at all..
But how will this help some one back in India where mobiles are very much affordable and a necessity more than luxury?? Leave the mobile one day at home and try how it goes. You will miss it as if your hand is cut away.. Evening you might find many missed calls and many messages.. Call every one and have a word... Leave it the next day you will feel better and leave it the third day you will have a good work time because half the time you get calls from call centers, friends who want to decide the dinner, dinner time, dinner place, what time you will be at home, I will come late so on... Its when you would have some how fought the hell for the best concentration to fix a bug these call will zip in.. Damn it!!! Getting back to work and finishing the bugs story goes on forever.. Try it for a week you will feel much better at work place..
Sounds philosophical?? But it works believe me.