is alive and well in Uttarakhand. Yesterday, I received a call from Tata AIG life insurance. This is how it went:
TAIG: Hello! This is Tata AIG. May I speak to Sir, please?
ME (mystified why my Mian's students should call him up to sell insurance): err..which Sir, exactly?
TAIG: the one who is the Decision Maker.
(Realises that according to TAIG, of course there is no chance a woman can be a Decision Maker. Wonders if a feminism speech is called for, and sighs realising that it would be of no use)
ME: Forgive me, he has instructed me not to disturb him.
(or as I said in hindi, 'maaf kijiye, unhonein bataaya hain ki tang mat karna')
Did I miss out on an educational opportunity? Or is repartee worth it even if unacknowledged by the receiver?
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