From the article Letters to Tehelka from an unpaid writer:
I suppose I am a fool, by Tehelka’s standards anyway, to have written for you again. There are two mitigating factors: I didn’t think an organisation which preaches propriety and ethics to the nation could behave so unethically; and I didn’t think Tehelka would treat a fellow-professional so shabbily.
Yes, I know you’ve gone through hard times, but you always had a support group to fall back on. I’m a freelancer. When my father was in hospital late last year and Shoma wasn’t answering my e-mails I had no such support group and I needed money. But why do I need an excuse like that to get what is my due?
If you’ve ever followed up for payments, you’ll feel his pain. (Via The Hoot)