Bureaucracy and the bored Indian clerk

Two phones, office visitors, open notebooks, the possibility of tea (see the back corner), and still so very, very bored.  After watching this clerk stare into the middle-distance for quarter-hour or so, I snapped this picture while pretending to screw around with my camera.

He obviously needs a computer with an internet connection so that he can be more fruitfully non-productive like the rest of us.

Nearby stacks of files wait patiently for action. (Look closely and you can see the actual “red tape” that they’re bound with.)