It was a rather rude shock for Kolkata’s Sutirtha Das when he opened a packet delivered from Amazon to see the Bhagavadgita inside, instead of The Communist Manifesto — authored by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels — that he had ordered.
Das had placed the order for The Communist Manifesto on Wednesday (10 June) and had received confirmation of his order from Amazon. On Saturday (13 June), while he was in his office, Das got a call from a woman asking him to reject the parcel as it had the wrong book. He could not do it since he was not at home.
Kolkata resident Sutirtha Das received a copy of the Bhagavadgita on 13 June when, in fact, he had ordered a copy of The Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx, sources said.
Das, who hails from Garia in Kolkata, narrated the ordeal in a Facebook post.
“Last Wednesday that is 10 June, I found the ‘Communist Manifesto’ being sold at a discounted price of Rs 90. I quickly paid upfront and ordered the book. Immediately I recieved a message that the book will be delivered to be on Friday or Saturday,” Das wrote in his post, according to the news portal.
“On Saturday morning, I received a message from Amazon saying that my book is out for delivery and around 2 PM, when I was in my office, I got notified that my order has been delivered. When I came back in the evening, I found out that my ‘Communist Manifesto’ has somehow become an English copy of ‘Bhagavad Gita’,” Das said.
While some were quick to point out the differences between the two books in the comments section, others alleged — or quipped — this to be “politics” in online delivery and “indirect censorship”. However, according to a spokesperson for SPECTRAL, the bookseller, it was a “careless mistake”.
“We regret it and we will be happy to exhange the book with what the customer paid for,” the spokesperson said.
There have been several instances where online shopping portals have delivered wrong items. Recently, a man ordered a skin lotion through Amazon for Rs 300, but received Bose headphones worth nearly Rs 19,000 instead.