Thursday, August 31, 2006

Shopping malls are evil

I went out to the city today for my Capstone project. Met the gentleman concerned at his office and have a good feeling about the project. Should be fun, especially as it might also involve going a few times to Mumbai over the next 6 months.

What followed, however, is a tale of financial tragedy of Shakesperean magnitude.

My friend and I hopped over to the Subway outlet next to FR (Fun Republic) and then decided to drop in to Big Bazaar as my friend wanted to buy some stuff. My friend. Not me...no no...my friend. But this act of 'stepping into' a mall set off a 'that-reminds-me.....why not try' loop in my brain.

The moment my friend told me his grand plan to invade the mall, I said 'That reminds me, I need to buy some Johnson's Buds.' And since they don't cost much at all, I would be able to afford them on this trip.

One look at the toileteries section, and....

"That reminds me...my after shave lotion is about to end. Why not try this brand..."; and....

"That reminds me...my bottle of deo also kinda felt close to empty when I shook it today morning."; and...

...the moment I reached the food section..."That reminds me...I should take care of my health. Why not try this chyawanprash..."

:((

What's worse...this didn't end there... [boo hoo]

These bloody shopping malls place stuff right next to the payment counters, so that while a customer is waiting in queue to get his bill processed, he might sight something else and purchase that too...

[Sigh] I saw this.....


Plain, simple and no great fundoo message, but still a great tea/coffee cup. :)

And as you can see, I bought this too !! :))

Oh, and btw, the bill (which was originally budgeted around Rs. 22) finally came to Rs. 280/-.

Evil, evil, evil shopping malls, I tell you !!!

6 comments:

arpz said...

thats the whole idea of marketing and advertising isnt it? creating a need when you are perfectly blissfull without it!
and oh ! im syrprised ur bill was just 280!

Shekhar said...

arpz: Yaad mat dilao, yaar..I paid (ahem) for the entire amount through the friend's debit card...ab do din se room ke chakkar kaat raha hai. (double ahem)

mini said...

laughs!!
well.. in my case.. i stop in front of bakery in Big Bazaar too :D

Shekhar said...

mini: Ha ha...now isn't that understandable ?? ;)

Nirwa said...

You are from Ahmedabad??? Me too!!! :D

And I totally understand your position.. the other day, I got myself a mug from Piramyd, and my Mom dropped it and broke it!! :-(

*wailssss*

Shekhar said...

nirwa: Well, I'm currently in Ahmedabad. Currently in my 2nd year of MBA at Institute of Management, Nirma University.

And it is completely a pity about that mug...I dunno why, but I think I've gotten into a thing of collecting interesting coffee mugs.