Everyone has tales of woe when it comes to queues! (Part 1)

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Amrita Kolay

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Early morning, on 8th November I read an article where a fish predicted that Mr. Donald Trump would be elected as the next president of the United States. As an Indian, I truly understand how we are always interested in predicting what our neighbours’ life would be or discussing issues that do not directly concern us. Just imagine what humiliation that little fish’s parents must have gone through, to see their little child embarrassing them with such behaviour.

Anyways, that day, for once if we had shown less interest in what others were doing and anticipated the change that was about to happen in our country, I am sure lot many people would have built a golden temple for that fish. Alas! It did not happen and at 8.00 pm IST, PM Modi announced: “To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, that is 8th November 2016”. No doubt his demonetization manoeuvre was a shock tactic to dismantle the cash-centric black market, to cleanse the country of counterfeit notes, to further digitise the economy, and to get more of the population onto the formal, taxable economic grid. After months of sitting in front of the TV and laughing at all those draining their black money in rivers, weddings, jewellery shops, I felt that the initiative taken by our PM was superb.

One fine day my happy thoughts were interrupted by my friend Vijay who works at a reputed bank. It was an image highlighting the hardship faced by the bank employees and that we should all salute the bankers just like we did for the soldiers. My first reaction “These lazy government employees, now crying since they actually have to work.” Huh! I deleted his text.

Recently I met one of my best friend Anushka, who had studied for two years to get a government job, while I kept pace with her watching ‘how sex changed history’ (Before you get all judgmental, it is a series that is telecast on the History Channel). But now that I see her pulling her hair out and roaring at her customers, I feel less guilty about how I used my time.

While sipping a cup of tea with her, I brought up the hot demonetisation topic and laughed at that picture that our common friend Vijay had shared. Vijay and Anushka mostly sit at the cash counter. Well, it was a one-sided laugh, as I suddenly noticed anger brewing up in her face. After that, it came as a shock to me to hear few pitiable, and some laughable incidents from her, as to how customers came up with innovative strategies to jump the long queue. They both are posted in rural banks, where people are more emotionally connected. Here is a list of excuses that the valued customers used to skip the queues and easily withdraw cash, to the utter frustration of the bank officers.

Fountain of Tears: A lady came to the bank almost every alternate day, to withdraw small amounts or at times deposit cash. In each of her visit, she was accompanied by her toddler. The moment she entered the bank, after 10-15 minutes he would start crying at the top of his voice. On seeing the unhappy toddler and upset mother, everyone cleared her way straight up to the counter and her work was done on priority. One fine morning, the twist in the tale came when one of the bank employees actually caught her in action just as she was about to pinch the baby.

The Vegetable Cutter: One granny brought her household chores to the bank. She used to irritate other customers standing in the queue asked them to help her with peeling vegetables. In fear of standing and peeling vegetables, most of the times she was directed straight to the counter so that everybody else could wait in peace. One afternoon, while she was standing at the counter, a toddler came rushing in and shouted at the top of his voice “Grandma, you forgot to take the peas which you said would help you to get cash quickly.”

Stay tuned for more stories in the second part of this story!




While pursuing my graduation in electronics and communication, I realized my life had nothing to do with why AC (Alternating Current) was passing DC (Direct Current) or why we had to turn into Aryabhata to answer which resistor or capacitor would fit in place. In the final semester, programming of Microcontroller introduced itself and our brief meeting was more than enough to kill the budding engineer in me. So after completing my graduation, I took writing as a full-time job. Of course, the transition was not easy and after 5 years of continuing in this field, I still encounter the question “Why did you choose to become a clerk after engineering” (I can be seen typing/writing/working all day). Over the years, I have tried my hand at various genres of writing such as Resume Writing, Blogging, Story Writing and Content/Website Profile Writing. Extracting the key points from a person's job profile and writing an impactful story in the form of a resume has always been my major area of Interest. So far I have worked for Top notch clients who were associated with big giants such as Google, Facebook, Walt Disney, IBM, Microsoft etc. Each day is a new stepping stone of learning, so I would call myself a truly passionate writer, who is keen to pour her heart out and let the rhythm of my words dance in sync with the readers.

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