Saturday, December 13, 2008

We Indians bargain well.....

You know how insulated you have become from real life after experiences as these. After an agonizingly busy morning of waking up and pressing the snooze button on my cell, I had my usual lunch of fish and some more fish followed by some fish. Then after bringing the balance of nature back to the local marine life, I noticed that there were no oranges. I usually have oranges after lunch in the winter and now there were no oranges. I decided to solve this problem in the conventional manner. I decided to buy some.

‘40 rupees a dozen’, the vendor mumbled.
‘hah! 40! Are you crazy? Where do you think I am from? Chennai? Local chele aami. I will take 6 pieces and wont pay a paise more than 20Rs’, I craftily mentioned.

He looked at me with an expressionless stare, picked up 6 oranges, put it in a bag and gave it to me.

I gave him Rs 20. Left with a smirk. And then it hit me.

PS: No observation on my mathematical prowess will be tolerated. That has nothing to do with this.

12 comments:

jimmy said...

:P :P

aniketanand said...

It was not for nothing that our O.R. paper had the line Co-Curricular Affairs Secretary has to solve an O.R. problem (!?) complete with those exclamations. ;)

aniketanand said...

"That has nothing to do with this."

Is this an acknowledgment? :D

Mahesh Mahadevan said...

A big marketing guru was feeling very hungry when he went to his favorite pizza outlet. When the waiter there saw him, he asked, "The usual?"
He replies, "Yes, but I'm very hungry. So can I have it cut in eight pieces instead of six?"

it's baille said...

_____ !!! ___!! E,E,D,E --
irrespectively !!

I'm a gravy hanger !! said...

Hearing a Prof about his bargaining skills for the first time :P Btw, what was the actual cost of those oranjes ?

Satch Boogie said...

I kinda think it might have some little tine winy bit to do with mathematical prowess ... but would agree with you when you ask to ignore ... cos this stuff happens with people quite a few times :D

Ashish said...

LOL at this post.

Czar said...

I bow! I bow! I bow!

Thank god you are a metallurgist.

THAT'LL BE ALL MY LORD said...

cant remember last when I had laughed out so loud........ :)
Keep em coming

Sol Invictus said...

O.P. Sinhal. For I.C.S.E. Go through it. :P

Tushar Rathee said...

Why do I find out good stuff too late!!