I usually claim medical reimbursements from my office for which I need to produce medical bills. This time I forgot the medical bills in Nagpur and in order to claim my reimbursement, I thought what could be done.
So I went to the chemist close to my place and requested him, "Bhaiyya Rs.2500 ka ek bill bana dena" (Please make a bill of Rs. 2500)
He replied, "Nahi madam".
I wondered why did he say no, he usually does it for other people.
"Arre bhaiyya, 5% le lena", I offered.
"Nahi madam", he again refused.
"Par pichhle hafte hi toh aapne mere saamne ek bhai sahab ko bill banake diya", I questioned him because he was doing someone else a favour and was refusing one to me.
"Nahi madam, abhi chhod diya", he replied.
"Kyu bhaiyya, 5% de rahi hu na main", I insisted on giving him 5% of the total amount of the bill.
"Nahi, bola na madam. Main Anna Hazare ke Paksh me hu", he said.
I felt like hitting my head with a broom, right then. I had not imagined in my weirdest of thoughts that this is actually what they call "corruption".
I felt very very bad and wondered, is it imbibed so deep? I was, rather I am a staunch supporter of Anti Corruption, but until now, I thought of it at a broader level. I thought only the politicians who had crores of Rupees in their bank accounts were corrupt and they should be penalised in order to bring about a difference.
I think, if I want to see the change, it should begin with me. I vowed to keep a check on my conscience. I am Corrupt and I don't like it, because giving a bribe is corruption too!
Aisa bhi hota hai, yaaron, aur ye bilkul theek nahi hai.. :(