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Fast Food Stunts

Developing countries like India are, I think, like curious, innocent toddlers. They eagerly put everything they find into their mouths and provide ready, lucrative markets for the multinationals.

Take CCD (Cafe’ Coffee Day) outlets in Delhi NCR, for instance. Their food items and beverages are exorbitantly priced. But they still have a huge clientele because their overall ambience provides an ideal setting for many special occasions where price is not the main consideration…A quiet date, a family outing, a business meeting, an interview, etc…And sometimes, you might even spot a small group of young people just lounging around over coffee and clicking selfies with pouting lips.

But India is changing. Very fast. Living standards and expectations are improving. New fast food chains like Burger King and some local outlets in are proliferating. Not only are they offering healthy, wholesome food at reasonable prices, they have swanky premises too.

CCD is, I think, already beginning to feel the pinch of rising competition and decreasing profits. You often find them using different marketing gimmicks, which looks rather pitiable and amusing, as their basic characteristic of high prices remains immutable.

Recently while passing by through Rajiv Chowk Metro Station on my way home from work , I came across this poster outside a CCD outlet. (See below)

It gave the impression that all those tasty items were on sale for Rs.29. Out of curiosity, I walked in. To my utter disappointment, however, I discovered that the only item costing Rs.29 was their ‘Bun Chaska Masala,’ which after adding GST changed to Rs.30.

Their counter sales person must have sensed the way I felt at that time and he urged me to try a combo instead. But that was going to be from Rs.51 onwards, he said. Not being someone who gives up easily, I told him I will have just the bun.

His next question was, “Will you eat it here or should we pack it?”

“Pack it, please,” I said.

“Okay, please wait for 5 minutes.”

The dish that finally arrived on my table wasn’t packed and I had to eat it there. Here, take a look.

Waiting, waiting, waiting….

Just a pair of buns, butter, and sauce; no filling!

Well, the burger disappeared into my belly soon thereafter without giving me any joy. So I came out and searched for something else…

While I walked on, I came across another CCD. They had a pair of counter sales persons repeatedly calling out in a chorus, “Welcome to Cafe’ Coffee Day.” That was obviously another sales gimmick and coming from CCD, it seemed to be very self-demeaning indeed. See this pic below.

And then, further ahead, I found a Burger King restaurant.

To my pleasant surprise, they had a scheme of 2 veg. burgers at Rs. 62, that is, one for Rs.31, with each veg. burger containing a potato-and-peas patty, onion, and some mayonnaise. By the time I boarded the metro train at Rajiv Chowk, my hunger pangs were gone and I had a surprise treat too in my bag for my daughter, a Burger King veg. burger!

There you go! See these pics below.

Well, it does pay to be a discerning customer, doesn’t it?

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A View Through The Iron Bars

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Iron bars don’t always have nasty things behind them. Take this pic for example. It is of a Semal tree that has its roots inside the Uttam Nagar police Station and stretches its long, slender branches all over the place. Isn’t it beautiful?

Well, it is Spring time now and Uttam Nagar East Metro Station has this flower-laden tree as its latest attraction.

Every year, this Semal tree celebrates the onset of spring by bedecking itself with huge bright red flowers and bedazzles everyone who cares to look at it for a while…

A sight of this peeping tree during spring fills me with great joy every morning as I climb upwards on the escalator towards the platform on my way to work. In about 2 months, hot, blazing summer would take over and these gorgeous flowers would disappear. Green, commonplace leaves would quietly take their place and become the new tenants of this tree…just like the constantly changing face of our city Delhi…

One Special Day

The Metro train was running as usual. Doors opening and closing, people entering and exiting. Just another working day, as far as I was concerned. My eyes were beginning to droop for a short nap.

But when we reached Tilak Nagar, something unusual happened. A Metro employee entered, pushing a wheelchair in front of him. A middle-aged lady who was looking seriously ill was seated on the wheelchair.  Her face was slightly contorted in pain. They were accompanied by a young man and a young woman in a sari.

Gently and lovingly, the couple picked up the old lady from the wheelchair and deposited her on the vacant seat in one corner of the ladies compartment reserved for the elderly and differently-abled people.

Just before walking away with the wheelchair, the Metro man asked, “Ap Laxmi Nagar utroge (Will you descend at Laxmi Nagar)?”

“Han (Yes),” They said.

All through the journey the young boy sat on the floor with his arms around her and the young lady kept stroking her on her back and her face. A few minutes later, the old lady lifted her arm a little bit, unconsciously revealing a little bit of her bare bosom plastered with bandage beneath the black shawl she had wrapped around her chest. It was obvious that she was having some breast related problem, probably cancer…

Going by the expressions on the young couple’s faces, the disease was probably something they had begun to live with and accept. The old lady was perhaps approaching death and they were only trying their best to make her life as comfortable as they could…

Soon, Laxmi Nagar station arrived. The doors opened and in came another Metro man with a wheelchair. The old lady was picked up again with the same love and care as before and deposited on the wheelchair. The couple wheeled her out. The Metro man took over and pushed the wheel chair behind the couple while they walked ahead close to each other, smilingly, confident in their love for each other and the old lady…While I watched them disappear into the lift, I found myself really touched and impressed by the quiet efficiency and attention of the Metro staff. If only every organization in Delhi could be so concerned about the people it comes in contact with! Then there would be no crime in Delhi, no orphans, no old age homes, and no unemployment…

A few days later, I saw another wheelchair-bound person being wheeled in by the Metro staff…

Hats off to you, my dear Delhi Metro! Keep up the good work and may God bless you…

Here are the pics…

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Work & Life

Life is a big cad indeed! It is always so full of bumps, steep bends, and unforeseen disasters and it keeps turning and churning you around. But stability and rhythm are important for survival because it is in peaceful existence that you get the chance to rejuvenate and gather strength to carry on.

One way to remain in sync with the divine cycle of days, nights, and seasons is to follow a definite work routine. The job and the place of work may not always be the best you deserve, but what matters most is being part of a daily grind with its daily goals and objectives. This isn’t always very easy, but it’s not impossible.

Here are some pics of the Metro clocks at the metro stations I walk on while commuting between office and home. A sight of them gives me a huge high, a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, for being able to remain above the tide, in spite of all those obstacles that compel me to remain home-bound and my heart silently sends a prayer of thanks to God.

In the morning, on my way to work…

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In the evening, on my way home…Best time of my life…

 

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