O for Oman: Slippery Tales


“We’re moving to Oman,” announces my maid, clearly excited.
“But why?” I am flabbergasted. I am one of those women who find my maid way more precious than my husband. The only other thing more difficult than finding a good maid in Mumbai, is finding a good house. Needless to say, I try to get to the root of the decision.

Didi, you don’t have to pay income tax there,” she says.
“You don’t pay income tax here!” I exclaim, almost choking on my coffee.

She is silent for a second. Then comes up with her second argument.
“Mohan, my neighbour, has been there. He said you don’t have to tip the people in hotels. So much money saving, Didi,” she remarks.
“Do you tip here?” I ask, a rhetorical question.
She goes silent again.
“What do you plan to do there?”
“Mohan says people who work with oil can make good money. Raghu works with oil, Didi.”

I sigh. Such naivete. Her husband Raghu offers head oil massages to vagabonds at the local beach.

Click here to access the complete works of the 2016 A-Z Blogging Challenge! Oman, like several other Gulf countries does not cost its citizens income tax or sales tax. Instead the country relies on annual registration renewals of vehicles, property etc. to drive its income.
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Anuya Aier

LOL.. that last line …hahaha . That was ekdum nicely put. And I loved the “questions” ..tax..tips ..huh !!… Deepa I am loving the way you build characters in few lines 🙂 – AA


Haha! Loved it. Yet another good read Deepa. Would definitely have to consider this as an option soon 🙂

Parul M

Laughing loud and thoroughly relate this to recent times.. Perfect mix and match stories,so very much suits to AtoZ:)


Very funny….just laughed out loud…good one…would love to go to Oman to evade Taxcut…hehehe

HitendraSingh Dasoni

Arey yaar, she is asking for pay hike with her naivete sounding (smart) act … pagaar badhao madam 🙂 …jokes apart, hatsoff to your excellent narrative writing skill. It is always enjoyable to read. Its like taking a short dip in a well and get an experience of deep ocean.

Jatinder Dhawan

Deepa, I too felt if the couple get stuck while dreaming big. For me this slippery tale was an emotional one thinking the bad outcome. In few words, you have expressed it very well.


Ignorance is bliss…poor couple, far from reality


Hahaha… I’ve seen a movie called “Take Off” that’s about nurses stranded on the middle east… it’s not easy, less taxes or otherwise… dont know about safety in Oman though

Shesha Chaturvedi

Omg haha I thought he is working with some oil company…
I have heard about lot of incidences where poor people get Stuck there, they loose their passport and they do not have enough contacts to come back to their land!


🙂 OH he he he BUt you never know head massages might bring money in tooooooo and then No income tax DOUBLE saving he he he he 🙂


Jayashree Srivatsan

Naivete is sometimes a bliss and sometimes dangerous

Shreya Jacob

Funny one there. I'll certainly laugh out loud if i ever hear someone offer me a Maaaalissss….

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