An Impudent Machine

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Sometimes machines suddenly become headstrong and refuse to work as we expect them to. They seem to have minds of their own, like this one for instance….

Last week, I submitted my Delhi metro card to this machine for re-charging. I expected it to return it to me gently, politely, and cheerfully after completion of the required job, just like all other Delhi Metro staff well known for their courtesy and professionalism. To my utter amazement, however, the machine literally threw the card at me with all its pent-up anger. The card finally landed with a thud on the ground about an inch away !

My amazement was followed by amusement and I retorted in Hindi, “Badtameez machine!”


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