Yes, I am back!! Ahhh not with a bang but with an intention to share one of my NOT so good experiences.
Its been almost 2.5 years since I got my first salary. During this period, I stayed in three different apartments (rented of course 🙂 ) spanning over two different cities and one country :P. The only common thing, that I can recall is we managed to figure in the defaulter-list of electricity bill payment. This obviously implied NO ELECTRICITY for couple of days followed by bill repayment along with late fine. This post focuses on late fine.
CITY 1: DELHI !! well actually NOIDA
When it happened for the first time, it meant shelling out few thousand bucks. I believe 95% of it was used to grease palms of the line man. Surprised? don’t be. OK.. NOIDA is in U.P. (Uttar Pradesh) , does that fact help? 🙂
CITY 2: MUMBAI !! well actually Navi Mumbai :-)
The second time it was entirely taken care by roommates (kudos to them!!), so don’t remember much about it but the last one raised many questions. It was Saturday morning and some one knocked the door at 9 AM and said Boss!! tumhaara connection ka connection kat ne ko mangta hai, tumne 4 mahine se bill nahin pataya. Well this time it made me poorer by 150 rupees and 5/6 of it was burnt on auto rikshawa or “rik” and this naturally baffled me
I still don’t understand how can Rs 25 is good enough to cover following expenses
- Tracking required to zero in defaulters
- Compound interest on unpaid amount
- Time of line man who had to visit my apartment twice i.e. more than hour
- Time of executive who spent close to 20 minutes on me
Note that I have not considered other expenses like rent of office and related expenditures leave apart value of my time 😀
Can anyone help me out with this ?