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Papa brought something” chintu chanted excitedly.

His wife peered inside the package eagerly- towel, stationary, crockery.

The same things ” she muttered making a face.” Shastriji had brought home his computer

sometimes surprise checks happen…Can’t risk it” he replied

What is the use of Government Service if you can’t manage this much” she countered back.

This  55 fiction format story is written by Mani Padma.

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Additional facts:

According to Transparency International, following are the stats for India.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2009:

India stands at 84th rank.  The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in a country/territory.

Bribe payers index:

Belgium and Canada shared first place in the 2008 BPI with a score of 8.8 out of a very clean 10, indicating that Belgian and Canadian firms are seen as least likely to bribe abroad. The Netherlands and Switzerland shared third place on the index, each with a score of 8.7. At the other end of the spectrum, Russia ranked last with a score of 5.9, just below China (6.5), Mexico (6.6) and India (6.8).

The BPI also shows public works and construction companies to be the most corruption-prone when dealing with the public sector, and most likely to exert undue influence on the policies, decisions and practices of governments.

0 04 July, 2010 55 Fiction July 4, 2010

About the author

She is a Doctor by profession , working in Delhi. Loves traveling, mind games and playing with words… And also the chief-co brewer of GingerChai. She is the chief brewer of some of the interesting categories you see in GingerChai. Follow @manishalsam

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  1. Sir Pumpkin Lonshanks

    I disagree. You either bribe or get f-ed in the a*se. I’ve had to bribe enough customs officers in 4 years or risk not getting my baggage at all.

    1. Anney

      Really, why…did you carry electronics or dutiable stuff? We used to face this issue when we travelled to india….it was such a pain. Things are better at the airports now-a- days.

      1. Sir Pumpkin Lonshanks

        I carried nothing expensive. Its just a matter of the officials being regular assholes.

        My dad was in the service of the Indian govt. and he loathed this kind of shit. Frankly, I never want to return to this.

        1. Mani padma

          You don’t want to return to this- corruption- yet u disagree to saying no to corruption? @ Anney? You were saying precisely that when you said ‘i agree’ isn’t it? About saying no to corruption?@ SPL I absolutely empathise with you though I may not agree with you in toto.

          1. Anney

            Yes, I said no to corruption…by agreeing.:)
            @ SPL : Sometimes all it takes is, just a smile and piling all your luggage in one trolley. 🙂 Cheers!!!!

    2. Sir Pumpkin Lonshanks

      And some dickwad ‘down thumbed’ my comment. Save the nationalist hero crap.

  2. Mapra Duo

    “The worst thing about a corrupt system is that it works perfectly well.”
    – Didier in the book Shantaram by Gregory David Robers

  3. S.R.Ayyangar

    Bringing home office stationery, pen,pencil and white papers for children by Government babus were common earlier, I don’t know about now.

    1. Mani padma

      Oh Sir! It still is. Stationary pen etc are still decent, but what is intolerable are- water filters, crockery, even bulbs Sir. Can you imagine Sir, power saving bulbs!! Taken away from the holders! Can’t get more disgusting.

      1. Anney

        You know , the government here in UAE is much more service friendly and works gets done smoothly. We don’t pay bribes to get our work done and the staff constitutes of…..*Indians* (no surprise!!!)amoung other nationalities.:)
        The reason why our country men in India are so prone to this corruption is due to the management being extreamely poor in vigilance and counter check points. The policy of the office is “Rules are meant to be broken”.

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