For the last 12 years, a businessman in the northern Indian city of Kanpur has been paying a 5,000-rupee bribe to government officials to get his income tax refund.
The difference now is that he's talking about it on ipaidabribe.com, a website that serves as an outlet for pent-up frustration with corruption in India.
The website is Raghunandan Thoniparambil's way of fighting endemic graft, which many say has worsened as India's economy grows and opens up, creating enormous wealth without adequate regulation and fostering a culture in which everything - from pilot's licenses to school admissions and telecom spectrum - is seemingly for sale.
"Contrary to popular perception, economic liberalisation increases corruption in the short term," says Thoniparambil. "What people do not realise is that liberalisation and opening markets requires regulation."
Privatisation has thrown open huge infrastructure contracts ripe for kickbacks and increasing competition for votes has encouraged India's patchwork of political parties to use any means possible to build up their war chests, he says.
In just over eight months, the site has documented 360 million rupees worth of small bribes paid - the largest number of them to police.
Over 9,000 messages have been posted and the site has gotten more than 400,000 hits from viewers.
The White House was impressed enough to schedule a chat between the site's founders and President Obama when he visited India in November.
Text: Associated Press
Image Courtesy: ipaidabribe.com