That is how the Government Works! SundayPhotoFiction


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!

Word Count : 201

This little piece of fiction was inspired by the weekly prompt challenge hosted by Sunday Photo Fiction Jun 2nd, 2019, for Aspiring Writers. For other stories on the theme, look here.

Photo Credit: Reena Saxena

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10 thoughts on “That is how the Government Works! SundayPhotoFiction

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  1. Affordable housing is going to be big in the next 5 years. A large part of it will also be benami holdings, and apartments being combined/modified to create unique flloors. Builders will have a gala time constructing weak structures and swallowing big amounts. Let us be prepared for the future.

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