Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thrifty India

Couple of years back, I was watching an episode of Russel Peters in which he was proclaiming that Indians were cheap and proud to be so. View the video here.

Sometime back when I was in Kolkata, I did see people arguing over 25 paisa.

There was a time when all of us considered haggling and bargaining an essential aspect of the shopping experience. But, I guess, with the advent of the organized retailing format; that bargaining had gone out of fashion and that people considered it below them to bargain. I had written a post sometime back on The ancient art of bargaining. Do go through.

So I was pretty surprised by the latest advertisements from Future group.

The latest advertisements from Kishore Biyani’s Fairprice format emphasizes on this “cheap” aspect. They loudly proclaim being cheap and not having air-conditioning in their stores along with lack of lucrative furniture and even carry bags. With the result that all the saving is being passed on to the end consumer.

Guess things do come around a full circle.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Journey to the world

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I don’t remember who I am. I gained consciousness only a few days back. My past is still a mystery to me. I try and try to remember something, anything, about my past but I keep on drawing a blank.

At times I hear voices around me… But when I try to see, I don’t find anyone around me.

Food and water mysteriously appears in my small room.

Okay, room is a slight exaggeration. It is a dark, dank, round kind of room. Humidity is very perceptible in the very air.

Days have been passing just like that. With each passing day, it seems that the room is getting a bit smaller… Or perhaps I am getting bigger. I can’t think straight. Don’t know what reality is and what is dream. I kind of feel like I am in a trance like state.

I can feel perceptible changes in my body too. My hair has grown longer. I have harder bits on my fingertips.

Of lately, I have been feeling kind of restless. All of a sudden, I feel an urge to move. I don’t know the direction but some primal instinct is making me move one way. Gradually, what seems like rays of light began to appear at one end.

Suddenly, I was lifted from my feet and I heard the person say “Congratulations. You have a healthy baby boy”.

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