Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Ignoramus

If you have ever found yourself in a queue before the railway reservation window, you know that a typical reservation/cancellation form starts with the Onward Journey details, then a list of passengers and below that you have to fill in the Return Journey details (if required). Sid had to book a return journey ticket for himself from Mumbai to Lucknow. The booking official, a middle-aged fellow, mouth red with betelnut and fingers sluggishly drooping on the keyboard, took his form and after scanning it for a few minutes, raised his eyes, perplexed, and asked him, "You have given the name of the person going to Lucknow, but tell me one thing. Who is making the return journey?". Sid was barely able to stop himself from reaching inside and snatching the form from him.

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