Office is fun. You gotta admit that. We are some sort of Chartered Accountants and because our government is trying hard to be widely branded as tech savvy or at least catch-up with the bird called Internet (of which they have absolutely no idea!), they require us to file some qualifying asessees' returns online. And for all this info (which just passed over your head) we require the EXACT name written on the PAN Application form (submitted ages ago) and because all our client hate keeping records, we end up calling the Income Tax Department every time.
IT Dept. is one step ahead of us. They will only speak to the Asessee (as if all rich people are literate and they will understand this long process and agree to talk to IT Dept!) and not to the agents or any associates.
We are the sandwiched species. If we can’t get the EXACT name submitted ages ago, boss will kill us, and IT dept. will no ways give us the name for they are partners in our tortures :(. We the enlightened (not to forget sandwiched) species devised a new way in all this tension, for necessity is the mother of innovation.
We made one of our colleague to speak to those extra cautious IT People as a 58 year old un-concerned Client named Abubacker...What happened after that is the history you ought to know:
Colleague: Hello Sir, I want My PAN Details as submitted in the beginning to file my returns online.
IT Dept.: Your name Sir
Colleague: (In his young 20 year old voice, calling the 58 year old guy's name) Abubacker.
IT Dept.: (On checking records and discovering an astonishing fact) You are 58 year old Sir?
Colleague: Yes Sir! (Making his voice a little coarse) Now may I have my PAN Details?
IT Dept.: One Minute Sir.(Confused) May I know your father’s name?
Colleague is now stunned, looking at everyone and suddenly realizing he doesn’t know his (Or Abubacker’s) father’s name..He motions to others and all are searching for the file for good 20 minutes)
Colleague: (To break the silence on the phone) One second sir..just a minute..
And then a sigh of relief...We got the file and the exact paper which has Abubacker’s name.
Colleague: (Struggling to read the name) its..Aa - Aa - M - I - R..Its “Aamir” sir.
And the conversation goes on for another fifteen minutes for which colleague ends up flipping every single paper in the file. But somehow the Chartered Accountancy student succeeds in making a fool of that paid Sherlock Holmes of IT Dept. and get the exact PAN Details (even when he forgets his father's name).
Moral of the story: It’s OK to forget your Father’s name. :D