I had written earlier about how online shopping does make my book purchases easy. Well, it was too good to be true anyway. I’d pre-ordered (like many others) last book in the Harry Potter series with the fond notion of getting it either on the 21st or on 22nd of July 2007. 22nd July was a Sunday when this year began, so I’d have guessed that the folks at the online bookstore factored that in when promising delivery. Today I get a mail saying “If you are not located in any of in any of the following cities : Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkatta, Ahmedabad ,Cochin, Hyderabad: your book will reach latest by 24 July 2007 . All books were shipped on 21 July , however there is transit time of 2-3 days (excluding Sunday)“. It does suck big time when you cannot watch television since some m0r0n news channels are actually divulging the bits of the story and you are breathlessly awaiting the arrival of a book which now seems to be delayed all the more.
UPDATE: They claim to have been overwhelmed by over 15000 pre-ordered books, but managed to deliver it albeit a day late.