Sunday, January 3, 2010


It was again Monday,the laziest day of the week.

Pappu got up as usual in the morning and was happy that there was water in the tap. Excited, he told his wife the good news of water but realised, there wasn’t electricity, so he had a cold water bath.
Pappu read the morning news about aviation sector having sacked staff .Worried he was, there was fear of prospective sacking in the BPO sector also. Whilst leaving for work, Pappu tried to explain to his wife on the slowdown in the US economy and the consequences for Indian BPOs. Most unconcerned, she reminded him to get ALOO and SHIMLA MIRCH from the weekly market in the evening (Rs 21/ and Rs 69/kg)

Pappu drove his scooter very carefully on the left side avoiding all the pot holes and the under construction metro flyover as yesterday one collapsed crushing bus and few cars(they say some people died and the contractor was fined).As a consequence of driving slow, Pappu reached late to work. He was told, HR is holding a meeting with the management to decide on the fate of the excess staff till the Govt does not agree to a bail out package(nice word for blackmail). He held his breath (was worried about ALOO and SHIMAL MIRCHI) till he was told he was in safe zone due to intervention of the Govt as in case of aviation staff .Confidentially, Pappu came to know confidentially that they actually got saved as it was MD's daughter's birthday and he was in good mood.(they dined at the TAJ and signed the credit card worth Rs17129..austerity, you see) Pappu called home to say he will leave in time...he normally uses office landline as incoming on his wife's mobile is free. In case of emergency, she gives him a missed call. On his way back, he stopped at the weekly market to buy ALLO and SHIMLA MIRCHI but price had risen to Rs 27/ and Rs 74/kg respectively.(sharad pawar says it is because of global warming-he must be awarded on 26th Jan) Keeping his budget in mind, he bought lesser qty to compensate for the price rise.

On reaching home, while listening to TV news he was happy, there was electricity, petrol prices were not raised, gas still has subsidy, Rs strengthened by 1.5 paisa against Dollar, there wasn’t any bomb blast the whole day, Govt assured they will not tolerate any terror attacks, there wasn’t any breaking news that inflation had gone up any further, Parliament worked the lowest number of days this year in history..hence less violence in the Parliament, there was no threat to the Govt from any partner, sensex was above 15000 level,there was assurance from Finance Minister that economy is in good shape except growth will be slow,banks are safe so are deposits, there is hope that BPOs also may be considered for a bailout package
Pappu was very relaxed till his wife questioned him of the prices of ALOO and SHIMLA MIRCHI.He tried explaining her of the meaning of all the assurances the Govt has given on the TV. She was quite upset that a popular SAS BAHU serial is going off air after 8 years , and the Govt hasn’t yet appointed an commission of enquiry. Pappu was about to retire for the day and looking forward to another good and safe day tomorrow and Pappu's wife was in her own thoughts, contend with small happy moments with BALIKA BADHU....

we are all busy with our own day to day middle class problems...till some candidates come asking for votes without even telling us as to was the fate of last election promises.

We still don’t know the power of our vote.They don't care

What does Pappu want? ROTI- KAPADA - MAKAAN


posted 03/01/10. bk chowla


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