Archive for the ‘retail’ Category

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Charminar

May 28, 2008

Yes.. After the long hiatus.. i find yet another ‘browsing centre’.. please refer to dear visitors for better understanding..

I am in hyderabad now for a month..

gonna go up and down a lotta shops.. and the next time you are in this town and find a well arranged shelf with horlicks & boost.. pick up a pack and appreciate rajeev for the great work.. heheheh

so thats gonna be it for another two weeks.. will make notes of interesting hyderabadisms..

Tab tak Mai Jaati.. Kaam karne ko mangti na..

Stewie ko Governor hona Mangti..

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Oru Cup Chaaya…

October 28, 2007

late may 2007..

A small room in Ruby Tourist Home with an attached bath and red curtains in Vallanjambalam ( The temple at the turn).. also a neighbourhood in ernakulam.

The small room had a window which looked out into a small courtyard. A courtyard which was covered with a thick sheet of Heat Absorbing, Wind stopping, Greenhousing Asbestos… and just so that people do not forget… IT IS LATE MAY.. AND IT IS KERALA…

It has been a month and a half of roaming.. incessant roaming.. sometimes pointless.. sometimes fruitful.. but mostly in the sun doing up and down shop stairs asking the same questions replete with misunderstood statements made in a salad of languages… Communication is not difficult.. it is conversation that stumps me.

I have met 40 something Dark, Hairy, Big men called lo and behold “BABY JOSEPH”.. yes.. I kid you not..

I have felt the pleasant feeling of meeting a fellow tamilian.. or seeing a quick familiar gesture on hearing I am with the horlicks company..

There is great comfort in routine.. No ugly turns.. No guesswork.. you know exactly what tomorrow holds in store.. (By store I wish to intend a PUN.. one that I will be going to a lotta stores.. and two is what it means)

So getting back to Late May 2007..

The day would begin nice and early with a sweaty neck.. which used to wake me up everyday.. which pissed me off so much.. the irritating summer sweat in the neck.. eeewww… followed with a warm shower at 7 am.. warm water at 7 friggin am and there is no concept of hot water for bating (I will get to hot water at a later post) in kerala..at least in may.. The water was hot on it’s own.

715 and I was out.. walking to the nearby hotel.. go ahead and order myself an APPAM or a DOSHA.. topped with copious amounts of sambar and chutney..In this place like many of the small hotels.. there is no concept of single serving sambar or chutney.. if you want you could bathe your dosa in sambar

It was really difficult to choose between the DOSHA or APPAM.. even though the similarity is uncanny with the sambar..but still..

I would occasionally Indulge in a cup of KADALA (The aftertaste will linger for a while.. better be prepared for that) with the appam.. or better still order PAROTTA..but only sometimes.. Kadala is a spicy dish made with Kale Chane.. Little too spicy to be had everyday.. But a day saver when you just want to wake up..Parotta is something which is a crispy flaky parantha in the morning.. when it is made.. In the afternoon when it is just heated and served.. it also acts like a stepney in case you have a flat…

The breakfast set the foundation for another day in kerala for me..

But it was never quite a complete experience… without ORU CUP CHAYA.. or one cup tea.. the beauty of weak kerala tea after a heavy spicy breakfast followed with a swift smoke on the way to the bus stop IS an experience in itself..

Man I miss the breakfast at (the hotel I never saw the name of but went to everyday)

Stewie for Governor!!! and Parotta for President..

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Hanckneyed or Stilted.. You take your Pick

October 16, 2007

When I sit down to make a new entry.. or for that matter, when I see some other posts in most of the blogs… I wonder how similar writings are.

Most of us are just expressing our mood.. about the day.. someone special or not so.. maybe something which someone said or something we saw..

Introspection sets the general mood.. Hunour invariably is peppered with satire.. there is a feeling of “I am right when I say this”

We write a few lines and wonder.. speechek.. Chek for grammar.. Look around.. maybe take a stroll in the house.. wonder whats in the fridge..   Except tomorrow to bring something better into our lives..

And then there are those who have a blog to ‘show’  the world that they also have a blog… “Hey, you know how many hits I got today? I did this to the blog and I did that..

There is the occasional Cut-Copy-Paste posts..

A few discuss politics and the future of the world in general..

Still a few attempt a smear campaign on the rest of the world ..

And I sit here in introspection… And conclude that..

I am all of the above..

Blogging is good..

Stewie for Governor!!! By now you should be saying this too….

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Modern trade.. Mind games And MOODS…

September 1, 2007

Take a walk down the aisle.. You will not get married. You might buy something on an impulse though. make sure you don’t walk down the aisle on an impulse.

Modern retail trade is quite a revelation for me.. also becoming quite an expense head.

The other day.. I waltzed into an outlet looking to buy some shampoo.. ‘Some’ &’Shampoo’ being keywords. I walk in and see some shampoo.. and then some conditioner..” Hey, I need soap..wow! that is a new pack..!! hey look at this pack.. man what an offer..

I walk on.. I see juice.. I see juice with offer.. I pick it up.. I see biscuits.. I see offer… I pick it up.. Hey I could use some namkeen.. Hmm.. cheese.. hmm chocolate.. hey cigarettes.. hmmm.. I would need mint after a smoke..

And i finally get to the billing desk.. “Fuck.. Forgot the shampoo..”

Hope everything modern is not this dissuading….

Stewie for Governor!!!