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Tilak Rishi, born in India, has been working as a career corporate executive, after doing his MBA. Passionately pursuing his hobby for writing, he also remained a regular contributor to newspapers in India and the U.S. Many true happenings and characters he came across in life, including interaction with former president Bill Clinton, inspired Paradise Lost and Found, his first novel. A family saga, it starts from Kashmir, when this paradise on earth is lost for the tourists who thronged in thousands every year to enjoy its scenic splendor. Terrorists have turned it into one of the most dangerous places in the world. The family is not only a witness to the loss of this paradise, but also to another tragedy of much bigger magnitude. In the aftermath of the partition of India, along with millions uprooted from their homes in Pakistan, the family leaves behind all that it has in Lahore. Starting from a scratch on the difficult path to progress, it still has many joyful moments when along the way it makes a difference in many a life. The survival-to-success story climaxes in California where the family finds the paradise that was lost in Kashmir.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Natwarlal at United Nations

For the benefit of my readers I wish to warn that there is a fake organization that gives its address as under to cheat people:

United Nations
World Bank Assisted Program
Directorate of International Payments and Transfers
870 United Nations Plaza 20-A
New York, NY 10017

If you receive an email from Thomas Williams, United Nations, informing you that there are funds for you from the World Bank and asks you to contact him or any specific official for release of the funds, please take it for sure that this is only the first step to entrap you and cheat you by some Natwarlal at the United Nations. Please ignore the email and delete it, to save yourself from being another victim of this criminal. I got such an email and found on verification that it was all a fraud. Hence the warning to beware of the fake United Nations.

The United Nations address reminds me of another incident that happened long time back when I worked in Godrej, New Delhi. We received an official order from a subordinate office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, P Block, Central Secretariat, New Delhi for a large number of cupboards and some typewriters. The salesman dealing with government orders thought it was a windfall and danced with joy. The manager was so excited that he ordered immediate delivery of the consignment at the cost of other orders which were due for execution. Those could wait but not this big order for urgent supply. The consignment was delivered at P Block where an official, waiting for the deliveries, signed the delivery challans, duly putting the official rubber stamp of Section Officer over his signatures. Next day the officer personally came to our office as he wanted the bill urgently so that he could get it passed without any delay. Unusually very helpful government official - no favors requested for what he was doing for us. After a couple of weeks when the payment was a little overdue, the Bill Collector made a routine visit to the office to follow up. He reported that the premises were locked and he could not contact anyone. How could it be, the government offices are never locked during office hours. The concerned Salesman rushed to the government office and found on enquiry that some premises in P Block had been given to some NGOs and this particular premises was one such. It turned out that the NGO occupant, posing as a government official had swindled many companies of their products by faking letterheads, ordering goods as a government office and then moving all the goods to godowns somewhere else. He was another Natwarlal kind. Wonder, if he is now operating from the United Nations address!


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