No! This is not the title for the next James Bond movie. It is a phrase that I have coined to explain the concept of time in
In order to understand this phenomenon, you have to learn to interpret the words and phrases related to time within the Indian context. This is best explained through a few scenarios:
You are planning to meet a friend for dinner in the evening.
He says “I will pick you up at ”
He means “I will pick you up some time between and ”
You call a colleague at work to discuss an important sales presentation and she is on another call.
She says “I am on another call and will call you back in 5 minutes”
She means “I am on another call and will call you back later today or tomorrow (if I remember)”
You have just ordered some furniture and are discussing the delivery schedule with the store manager.
He says “We guarantee next day delivery. This furniture will be delivered to you on Tuesday.”
He means “We guarantee next day delivery. You can expect this furniture this Tuesday or the next or the next or the …”
Simple! So how do you plan and work within this system? I will tell you tomorrow.