JournalismPakistan.com December 3, 2013
Three things happened this week that are so against the grain and out of synch with the standard experience that I am stunned.
A publisher rang up and offered me an advance without my asking for it. Just sent a message saying the money will be delivered.
Then I get a call from an accounts chief who says I should send a fresh invoice since the company has decided to pay me a little more for my efforts.
This is either turning into a dream or it is a conspiracy to drive me crazy. I am just trying to come to terms with all this when I go in for a meeting and there is no argument, no discussion, no negotiation, just okay, this is what you want, okay we’ll pay it and here is so much to get started, we can adjust it later.
All in 48 hours of one another. I am now waiting for someone to pull the rug. This cannot be possible. I live in a world where I re-invoice the re-invoiced invoice.
I live in a world where I chase money and never really catch up.
People I owe call me incessantly. People who owe me are either in London or done a Houdini.
And just as I am writing this I get a call from the publisher wanting to confirm the money was delivered.
What you hear is just the sound of me weeping.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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