Bandh in Karnataka: Estimated losses?
Client(a paying client somewhere outside india) : Hello.
Employee(a paid employee in bangalore): Hi how are you.
C: So, do you think you will be able to complete the work tomorrow and be ready.
E: Oh No, sorry, but we are are not working tomorrow. There is a Bandh, hmm.. a kind of forced closure.
C: What? But, i need this done tomorrow, as agreed last month.
E: I understand, but this was not planned. We are forced to shut down.
C: What do you mean?
E: Yes, it's hard to explain, but nobody is supposed to work tomorrow.
C: I don't understand, who could possibly force you to stop work. You mean govt. has declared a holiday?
E: Hmm... No...some folks are protesting, so we cannot venture out tomorrow. It is not safe.
C: I still don't get it. I expect this to be done tomorrow, we cannot delay this. You already know we are behind schedule.
E:A few months ago we were faced with a similar situation when a revered film star died, and fans went beserk. Pls understand.
C: You mean you will be punished for working, just going about doing your job?
E: Its something like that, pls try to understand.
C: What should i tell my customers - that our service provider cannot work because they are afraid to reach workplace?
E: Its just a day.
C: Never mind. Just upload all the completed work before leaving today. I shall have the folks in China look into completing it.
E: Wait, wait...you can't do this. This work is assigned to us. Why let them take over this.
C: They have been pestering us for this work since ages. I believe we could begin the transition.
E: I don't get it. Are you saying you would want to transition the work somewhere else, because of a day's delay?
C: No. Because of your mindset that you are doing us a favor. Sorry folks.
E: Hello... Hello... Are you there?
No amount of monetary losses can be equated to loss of confidence. But, the estimates are upwards of Rs 500 Crores(tv newsreport). Not counting the losses made by daily age earners - who cannot compensate themselves anyway.