Returning ONE RUPEE

(I want to thank Ahuja Sir , Seema and Shyamala Madam for giving me the idea for this blog. And also, the coffee over which the discussion. It’s often with caffeine in my system that I think best)

When you find a one rupee coin lying around somewhere, what is your first response? Ignore it, take it, offer it in a temple, give it to a beggar or return it to its owner? Well, the last one is the least likely, I know. Afterall, it’s just ONE RUPEE and going by the way things are nowadays, it can barely fetch you anything!

But hold on!!!! Not so in IISc. This ONE RUPEE determines a lot of things. Like whether you’ll get the next cash advance! (for all those who don’t know, cash advance is the money you get for Lab expenses). Now, to get a new cash advance, you’ve to show the expenses of the previous one. It often happens, that the bills are slightly less than the amount given as advance, i.e. 5000. So it happened to Shyamala Madam. And she wanted to ‘settle’ the bill so that she can get the next cash advance.

But lo! She COULDN’T. And why? The bills were for Rs. 4999 and the advance, Rs. 5000. She goes to cash section and wants to RETURN this one rupee back to IISc for settling the bills. Now, the person on the counter tells her that she’s supposed to fill a form for returning the ‘leftover money’. She fills the forms, IN DUPLICATE, takes them to the relevant counter and there, she’s told to go to some other place………..and the cycle continues! And after 45 minutes of running around, filling up a couple of forms (the cost of papers and ink used up for that must definitely be more than Re. 1) and assuring a lot of people of the authenticity of the whole transaction, she could hand over a ONE RUPEE coin to the person in the Cash Section!!!!

When we all heard this, the automatic response was, you could’ve bought something for Re. 1 and settled the bills. Well, if Shyamala madam knew this was coming, I’m SURE she’d have saved herself up SO MUCH trouble!!!!!!!

So much so for ONE RUPEE!



  1. Tata said,

    August 31, 2007 at 6:55 pm


  2. Ananth said,

    September 1, 2007 at 12:31 am

    Hahaha, what else but hahaha!!!

  3. Pritesh said,

    September 2, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Tata. And Ananth, more than the fun, there is a sad reality hidden in the post. The reality of a lack of proper mechanism to deal with things depending on the situation……..

  4. Vinod Kumar B G said,

    September 4, 2007 at 6:58 pm


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