Indian Clients and Their Inability to Process Illness Scenarios

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  1. I send him a message on Wednesday (today is Saturday), that I am falling sick.
  2. He refuses to acknowledge the message or ask me to get well.
  3. Friday night, I am unable to sleep. My mind and body exhausted, weak due to surviving only on simple food and fruit juices and heavy medicinal dosage. I message him again, confirming that I am too sick to work.
  4. The client finally responds.
  5. Not to ask me how I am or how is my health. That would be blashphemous.
  6. He only replies to remind me that the ‘show will go on’.
  7. I call him and inform him that I am not going to take the session.
  8. I give him multiple options. I could extend future sessions by an hour to make up for the lost hour today. I could take the missed sessions on a weekday. Or they could extend the work by another weekend.
  9. He says, none of that is an option. The schedule is ironclad.
  10. I wish him all the best with his ‘ironclad’ schedule, and decide to end the call.
  11. Perhaps, as a sign of some last-minute humanity surfacing from deep within, he asks me to take rest and wishes me to get well.
  12. I shake my head in disgust.
  13. I write this blog post. Vent out my frustration.

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