Indian Inquisition

Back in India for a little while. I went to the Petrol Pump to fill up my car. The Pump attendant obviously in a chatty mood asked me “Which country?”

“New Zealand” I replied.

“In College?” he asked

Despite being flattered that at the age of 43 I can still pass for a college student, I shook my head.

“HSBC, Call Centre, Business, School teacher?” he asked rattling off all the alternative occupations he could think of.

Hoping to put an end to his line of questioning I replied “I am retired”

“Where? Switzerland?” (In India for some reason New Zealand and Switzerland are often considered to be the same country!)

“Yes” I replied

“How much your pension?”


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