“You have been allotted Flat Number 10, in New Town,” the type written letter drafted in poor English declared, “take possession by paying amount due within fifteen days.” Nisith babu had spent most of his life in rented dwellings. Used to whims and fancies of landlords, Nishith babu did not know how to react to his newly acquired good fortune.
Almost a decade earlier, he, along with his colleagues, had applied for low cost housing for government employees. He almost forgot about it till recently, when a real estate agent wanted to pay twice the purchasing price for his flat. This was followed by the letter of occupancy sent by regular post, not even by courier. “Well!” he consoled himself, “that is how government works!”
The paved road, pedestrian benches, freshly painted multi storied complexes, impressed him. “At long last,” he thought, “lady luck is shining in my direction.” Thunder storm that followed his move, brought down the temperature. In the morning, a happy Nisith babu came out to enjoy his morning in his new neighborhood. Paved streets were all flooded. Government engineers had built housing colony, but did not plan for storm water drainage.
“Well!, that is how government works!”
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