It has been a while since I met Pappettan. So when I ran into him, I was happy. But he seems to be in a hurry to leave.
Me: *inquisitively* You seems to be in a hurry.
Pappettan: *explains* I have to get a certificate from that government office. *pauses and then continues* You may join me.
Me: *from my previous experiences with such organizations* Are you going to collect the certificate?
Pappettan: *confidently* No, I am going to request and then collect.
Me: *slowly breaks the bad news* They take a couple of days after the request to prepare the certificate.
Pappettan: *unaffected* It is a simple certificate. I will request them to give it today itself.
At this point, I knew there was no amount of carefully constructed argument that would refute his belief. So I decided to accompany him to his destination. Secretly, I wanted to see his face when the cookie crumbled. At the government office, the response of the clerk was similar to what I anticipated. But the ensuing conversation was not the one I expected.
Clerk: *in a matter of fact tone* Please come back in 2 days and collect the certificate.
Pappettan: *determined yet politely* But I would like to have the certificate today.
Clerk: *slowly and with an gradually ascending tone* Do you think preparing the certificate is child's play? Do you have any idea the kind of verifications we have to do before the certificate is issued?
At this point, I struggled hard to suppress my smile. But Pappetten kept his cool.
Pappettan: *gently* No, I don't have any idea about the work you have to undertake to produce this certificate. But you are the only one who can give me this certificate in one day. You have the power to do it.
After a few hours, Pappettan walked away with the certificate.
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