Few days back I ordered a chip from a company in united states. They told me that they can send me the chip through FedEx or DHL but I insisted them to send it through regular postal service (since I would have to pay more for DHL or FedEx). Well, now i realized why they were willing to send it though FedEx or DHL. They shipped the chip on 8th may 2008 through united states postal service in an envelope. Today (Friday, 16th May 2008) I received the envelope, I just opened the envelope and found only literature inside it. There was no chip inside, on taking a close look of the envelope it was found that the envelope was opened from the backside, someone took out the chip and then brutally stapled the backside of the envelope to hide the fact.
I went to the local post office and started to search for the postman, I didn't find him but soon I was questioned by another man who was smoking a "bidi" in a typical "sarkari " style. After talking to him he concluded that "the guys who send you the mail (from united states) have only sent a blank envelope, the people at India postal service didn't have time for all this thing. If you want you can complain it to the higher level, but take my advice you'll be wasting your time"
Now i really think those people you are living outside the 3rd world country (including India) are really lucky. My thinking about India has totally been changed since this is not the first incidence I had, but every time i used a government service (from telephone or postal or traveling or anything) I was cheated and harassed.