Ok so the story goes like this.. it was a darn hot day with an average of 40 degree celcius. Come 5 pm and after glasses of cold coffee made at home, the temptation of going to my favorite bookstore (Crosswords) .. catching up with the most awesome books.. sitting there in that airconditioned place, relaxing and reading – the two things I love to do most..
With that thought, I drove to my favorite bookstore and then my mother called me up and asked
me to get a book called “Games People Play” by Eric Berne. I agreed and went over to the information counter, telling him the name of the book which he then entered into the library management software on the computer.. this guy was a trainee..
1) Task 1 : Type in the name correctly
Thankfully, he did not mess up with the name and told me that the book was indeed available and strutted confidently over to a certain section of the bookstore. I was a happy girl.
2) Task 2 : Searching for the book
Clearly, this book was not about Travel and Cooking and that is why- after waiting for 5 minutes as this trainee guy searched in the wrong (apparently) column, I took a walk around and caught up with the glossies.. a good 15 minutes later, mr.trainee was searching in the philosophy section and I was almost pulling my hair out..
Finally, I lost my patience and asked him – “Excuse me, do you not know the genre the book belongs to?” and I was totally stunned to hear the answer which came almost instantly –
“Maam, there is no separate section for psychology books”
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at this situation… however, I asked another trainee to speed up the search process..
3) Task 3 : Remembering the name
The other guy came to help mr.trainee out.. I sighed audibly and turned around as the other guy asked him the name of the book he was searching for.. and to my utter amazement, mr.trainee could not remember the name!
He said –
“Games played by someone… people are playing.. people’s games.. something like that”
I stood there *jaw drop* .. in a BAD way!
And if that was not all, as I walked over to the regional section, I saw the hindi version of ‘Chicken Soup for the soul’ and .. wait for it.. it was named.. wait for it..
Aatma ke liye Amrut – pehla pyaala!
PS: They did not find the book.