Well I finally received my 25 Ubuntu CDs I had ordered sometime in June, from shipit.ubuntu.com :).
Didn’t receive as I had thought I would have, had to go to the Foreign Post Office at Ballard Estate in Mumbai. Those Custom people wanted me to PAY DUTY ON UNIVERSALLY FREE DISTRIBUTED LINUX CDs :o
The timings mentioned on their Call letter was 10:30-12:30 & I reached there by 10:45 and the lady who was to start the process arrived at a cool 11:30. It turned out she was the best person in the whole office, doing her work sincerely and truly helping everyone.
When I said that these were Linux CDs, they didn’t even know what it was and one of them thought it was a Porn CD :o because of the design of the Pack. How cheap minded.
There was one lady who understood what it was and asked me to bring the print out of the page which said it’s distributed freely at no Cost. I got her that, but the other fool valued those 25 CDs at INR 200 and the total pack cost to INR 5000 :o
But finally the Assistant Collector cleared it for Zero Duty. Finally when it was time to collect the parcel, it was 4 O’clock and all the bigger officers had left and these CHEPAO’s got down to what they do best asking BRIBE. From the peon to the postal guy wanted money. It finally went down at INR 120.
Finally got the parcel. Time to walk out and that Octroi guy stepped in, demanding us to Pay Octroi on the parcel. I said when “Where the Hell did Octroi in Navi Mumbai” they replied it’s not the procedure you must be fill some form and I said give it to me I will fill it. The reply came they don’t have. I said it’s your job to keep it & if u don’t have it I am leaving.
Finally left and came home.
After all this I finally got my 25 Ubuntu CDs. Whoosh
For all those who wish to receive these free Ubuntu CDs visit: shipit.ubuntu.com But mind u don’t order more than 5 CDs at a Time on the same name, or you might have to go through all this hell