Just yesterday, I visited a major fertilizer plant in our city. We woke up early and left early to come back EARLY. The route was fantastic. There are few routes that deserve the superlative in India, and this was definitely one of them. Out of 35Km of the total distance, 20Km felt like a camel ride. My breakfast refused to digest!
On finally reaching there, we had our first phase of discussions. The discussion was mainly security related, as their plant was recently certified by an ISO standard. They said that the tanker drivers we sent, were supposed to have rubber gloves, plastic pants, goggles, etc. Felt more like they wanted Govinda (the actor) rather than the chemicals that we supply to them. Then it was lunch. Lunch is supposed to be from 1pm to 2pm. We were supposed to finalize the negotiations at 2:15pm. The engineers of the administrative block returned from lunch at 2:35pm. They wasted 35 minutes without any problems.
The second phaze began at about 2:50pm. There were newer faces, atleast 3 more people had been added to the pack from their end. I don't know if I heard right but I could hear the exact same questions that were put up in the first phaze. Dejavu!! Even things that we agreed on were discussed again! The discussion of Govinda was revived and I was about to suggest they watch Zulm Ki Hukumat which was the actual inspiration for Sarkar. Yes, it was not The Godfather. They were thorough in testing a man's patience! Then we finally arrived at points that were left out. That only lasted 5 minutes. The negotiations ended at 4:15pm and we only added 5 mins of negotiations after the first phaze! Wow! Another wastage of more than an hour of time. These guys had skill. We had decided to return by 4pm, and were getting chewed by the brains till 5pm. We reached the city at about 6pm.
The conclusion that I draw from this experience is simple - engineers, once employed have ample free time. Their brains are as usual disorganized, a problem they have lived with since the beginning of time. No wonder many of them don't get laid till they are married.