A friend of mine from rural Maharashtra rang me up to help his grand daughter visiting Pune and I readily agreed. He got her to talk to me on phone and to sort out her problems.
The grand daughter GD for short had been in Pune since last Saturday visiting a classmate attending her engagement festivities. GD got bored with just hanging around the home and accompanied by some other girl friends went shopping all over Pune.
To cut the story short, in three days she spent a small fortune and wanted my help to get it all packed and sent to her family home in the village. When I got her to tell me the total value for insurance purposes, it zapped me out of my sofa. In three days, that young lady had spent more than I would have spent in the last four years on running my household!
Her husband, parents and grand parents can afford such indulgence but it still bothers me that just being bored could lead someone to spend so much on stuff that certainly is not readily available where she lives, but somethings that she has been living without for the past three years since her own marriage!
So, the Good Life that I am under the impression that her family has in rural India has just been transformed into a life full of goods!
21 thoughts on “The Good Life.”
Unfortunately Rummy too many folks equate a life full of goods with the good life. The whole “the one with the most toys when he dies wins” attitude irritates the hell out of me. Not that I dislike toys mind you – else I would not be sending this message to a friend in India – LOL.
The beauty is tying boredom with shopping Shackman. If she had come to Pune to specifically shop, I would not have been as intrigued!
It would be interesting to have a follow up post in a years time to see how much happiness the ‘shopping’ brought the young lady, or indeed how many of the items are still in her possession and working.
Grannymar recently posted..Silly Sally
Good idea that. Have noted to do so.
It must be nice to have that kind of financial resources. Even if I had it, though, going out spending to relieve boredom is just not something that computes for me.
Mike recently posted..Light.
Nor for me Mike.
Ramana , the likes of you and me will never fathom the seductive secrets of Retail Therapy ! Quite often when my wife and I return from a holiday overseas ( or even another Indian city ) some of friends are eager to know what we have bought and shocked when we say “nothing” except maybe for a few souvenirs , but a load of wonderful experiences and memories ! I am sure they mutter after we have left “What a waste !”
I still remember returning from overseas trips and visiting the shops near Crawford Market in Manish Market to buy things for distribution within India!
She’s quite a contrast to our tammy, isn’t she?
Cheerful Monk recently posted..Poor Baby
Indeed she is.
oh good grief charlie brown! i hope she didn’t fall into the credit trap to do it. probably not. i hope not.
to think she could have gone somewhere and eaten delicious food and listened to your fascinating stories instead! LOLOL! go figure.
tammy j recently posted..a happy puppy
No, she cannot fall in to the credit trap. Her family will not allow that. I bet that she had some delicious food while out shopping as well!
A big-time shopaholic! Something I don’t understand at all, having a major aversion to shopping of any kind. I just hope her family appreciates all the expense….
Nick recently posted..Gang warfare
I am like you Nick. If somebody else will do it for me, I will gladly delegate shopping. I like internet shopping for books the most though!
What you might call a ‘plastic’ princess.
John, anything but. She is all flesh and bones and a beauty! She is a princess alright though. One girl in a joint family of may be a dozen brothers and male cousins! But I do understand and she does not need plastic. Her friends here including me, will finance whatever she requires in the full knowledge that it will all be reimubursed.
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