Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Case of Exploding Mangoes

One of the downsides of living in Hiranandani is the lack of viable options. Strange, isn’t it, because given the array of restaurants, pizza joints, snack bars, not one, but TWO department stores as well as a food court and a mall, you would think I am spoilt for choice. But NO, the sad truth is most of these places are sickeningly expensive and I thoroughly miss my no-frills kirana store which used to offer instant home delivery and grocery/vegetables/fruits were still available at reasonable prices or the dhaba where you could afford a sumptuous dinner and not be broke. And now, I feel lost in the posh neighbourhood of Hiranandani, almost like a gay man in a strip club: so many alternatives, and yet practically impossible!

If that isn’t bad enough, these department stores play mindgames with me, trying to dictate what I should consume or how much I should consume, pretty much like my boss. For instance, for something as simple as say buying tomatoes, I need to buy a full kilo of it, because the store refuses to sell in lesser denominations. And since I don’t cook that often, a part of it invariably gets wasted. Or take Kurkure. I stack up on the Masala flavour for my midnight snack to go with the Euro. But no, the store will conspire against me, and ONLY sell the inedible Tomato flavour. But the worst is when they purposely do away with the cheaper version of the curd I like, forcing me to buy a more exotic, creamier flavour, which is a full TWO BUCKS more expensive. It’s not about the extra two bucks, but I DO NOT (I repeat, DO NOT) want the store to decide whether I should or shouldn’t have more cream. Give me both options, and let ME choose.

And of course, buying Alphonso mangoes is now a distant fantasy, even more unrealistic than my OTHER fantasy, i.e. growing my hair like Rapunzel and letting Prince Charming climb up it.

But I LOVE mangoes; it’s been my favourite fruit since childhood, when we had a mango tree in our garden

11 comments:

Makk said...

Lets gorge on it then... I mean mangoes.. :)

the.orchestra.of.life said...

Mangoes .... FTW !

xibi said...

:)

Nefertiti said...

@makk
yea, as long as someone else is willing to pay for it

@the.orchestra.of.life
what's wrong with mangoes!!!

@xibi
what's with the smileys!

survivingbrain said...

its not just the food.
just that we dont realise TV and the media decide how we should live ! ANd internet . and google, twitter, facebook, mobile phones..
All of them dictate terms sowell that we dont even realise that we are being dictated !

Makk said...

Cmon we can always contribute, :)

xibi said...

Smileys means I liked what I read but can't really comment on it cause I do my grocery sopping from the near by small shops than from the supermarket :) :) :)...

And by the way if you are so fond of mangoes visit my home when u r in Kerala next time... we got 2 type of mango trees back home... although they are not Alphonso, i can assure you they are way tastier than Alphonso :D :D :D

r!chss said...

heyaa..nice post..
u r so corrct..going fr veggies or eatables..dey keep their product in front..
n u r suprb in writing..
me following u..:) :)

Nefertiti said...

@survivingbrain
whoa... now that you mention it! and I thought my post was about my domestic woes.

@makk
now I always like it when other people 'contribute'.

@xibi
small shops rock, and now that I don't have them around me, I miss them a lot. And I love Kerala; already been there thrice, and would probably visit many more times, so beware!

@r!chss
thanks and welcome!! keep reading

ssoggo said...

I don't know why, but I've always preferred the stores to the local kirana-walas.
The wider choice, perhaps made it a wiser choice for me... But even with the wider choice eliminated, I'd prefer to rant and rave about then but still give them my patronage!
I don't know why!

Nefertiti said...

@ssoggo
well, at times they are convenient, especially for bulk buying. I just don't like the way they THINK they are outsmarting the customer, when they are NOT!