Thanks to all your good wishes, the Guy at least seems to be recovering to his usual mean self.
The Guy's phone rang while we were at lunch today. I could hear a female voice at the other end deliver a long automated-sounding monologue. Apparently she was calling from a bank/financial institution and saying something on the lines of "humne aapke liye ek naya pension scheme nikala hai" ("We have created a new pension scheme for you").
The Guy asked, "So how much money are you giving me?"
A wide grin on my face. Some understandable hesitation on the other side. Then the conversation continues.
"Okay, you're giving me twelve thousand rupees?"
I look incredulous. Surely they must have realised their mistake by now?
After a few more seconds, the Guy calmly says, "Okay, I'll expect the cheque tomorrow," and hangs up.
"But you haven't retired yet," I object. "You can hardly expect them to give you money under a pension scheme right away."
"But unless they start soon, how can I have a comfortable retirement?" he counters reasonably.
I secretly think he's opened himself up to a lot of calling by that organisation who think they have got themselves an 'interested' subject. We'll see.