The effect of inflation!

7 Jul

So all of you have been wondering where to park your money in these shrinking times? I have the answer to this difficult situation… You can send it all to me πŸ™‚ (reason at the end of the post).. my blessings to you with interest are already on the way πŸ™‚

Ok now on a serious note! how are you dealing with the current situation of inflation?

Some observations in the past few days of how people are dealing with it:

The Kirana store uncles have become khadoos… (Used to call them Bhaiya until I decided to be really mean and started calling them Uncle.. read on to know why)

The situations as below:

Me, Anks and Meg at the store opposite our house. 2 uncles greet us with that ever so conspiring smile.

Me: “Hello Bhaiya”

Bhaiya : “Hello, kya doon?”

Meg: Like Shankar Mahdevan in a single breath singing kind of a way: milk, curd, rin coffee,……. fhsfkfjsdfe vjhgifkdskfjerdsfkfrigkdgnrgiergkrfn…. aur kuch yaad aa raha hai kya?”

Me: “Yaar, lets cut down on maggi this month… too much of fat.. may be we can just have the energy rich Parle – G…”

Anks The dietician completely agrees: “Good Idea.. That way we can save money too!” (Anks bette!!! yeh bolna nahi tha)

Me: “Thats besides the point though” (… covering up…)

Bhaiya “Maggi hata do.. Achha ab hisaab jod do”

Bhaiya ji: Grabs his calculator… tick tick tick tick…..Madam – 761

Me: “761 … !@#$%^&*! itna saman hai kya? Thikhai chaliye … Kitna de…? 700 πŸ™‚ ?

See the catch here is not bargaining… but customer relations.. we give him a business of almost 100 everyday… and in return expect 10% discount… why? cos we dont go to Subhiksha, Big Bazaar etc .. therefore we get the discount when we do wholesale shopping… ie above 500.. that was the established norm until that day…

Bhaiya Ji: Cluck Cluck.

Anks hands out a 1000 rupee note.

Bhaiya ji returns 239. !! My turn to do cluck cluck

Me: Uncle (bhaiya ji turned Uncle in that very moment) 1 rupaiya bhi discount nahi diya…

Uncle: raising his eyebrows at ‘Uncle’ and accepting the change. Beta, Mehengaye badh gayee hai… mehnat ka kaam karte hai…(As if mera paisa toh tree par ugta hai)

Me: Uncle fir bhi 750… oh sorry 760 ho jaata!

Uncle: Beta inflation ke baare mein nahi dekh rahe ho kya akhbar mein… (Guess, the word ‘inflation’ has become as common as aloo pyaaz today…!)

The other Fatty Uncle now gives that look of Over and out…!

Me: Heads down.. give that look of defeat to Meg and Anks! walk in silence.. Thinking – I need a raise

What else have Meghs and Anks done to save themselves of inflation: They have declared themselves FAT :O and therefore the kirana store uncle has one excess bottle of oil and ghee and alot of other eateries that i dont want to go in to detail here.

My Bais come on foot instead of rickshaw.. and are late everyday!

Barista switches of AC in peak hours (9pm). The landlady switches off our Electricity Mains ( even though we pay the bills)

The neighbour has cut down on her foreign holiday and er beauty parlour trips!

Bonuses dont seem to be getting credited in the BANK any soon!

As for myself.. I am thinking I’ll postpone my shaadi until ‘Hope’ (read money) resurfaces.

Someone, (read Govt) Please do something!!!

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17 Responses to “The effect of inflation!”

  1. guess? (or check the url field) July 7, 2008 at 1:30 am #

    beta chinks, pehle logon ko invite karo, aur phir inflation ki wajah se shaadi postpone kar do.. wah waah!

  2. Aakriti Bhargava July 7, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    Hehehe.. isliye abhi tak card nahi bheje πŸ™‚

  3. Anshul Sushil July 7, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    yaar….I agree…I will also postpone my marriage till next year!!!…and by the way inflation has one more aspect to it….Petrol!!!…That is why I am not buying a car but am still surviving on Bike…I think you will pat my back with this INFLATION FIGHTING strategy of mine…;)))

  4. geetika July 7, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    If only cutting down on Maggi could fund your marriage…I will banish maggi from my life and handover all saved money to u…
    Waiting for ur wedding card.

  5. Aakriti Bhargava July 7, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Thanks @Geetika… Also you may consider parking your saving with me..I will send you my blessings

  6. Aakriti Bhargava July 7, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    @Anshul … you are truly amazing.. long sighted.. you had anticipated inflation a 15 months back when there was a boom :O

  7. Anshul Sushil July 7, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Yeah Aakriti – people do call me visionary…also I am not going to take my girlfriend out for dinners and what not…and also no gifts from now onwards…

  8. Anjali Berry July 7, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    hello dear……..u r spot on! we need a raise and that 2 a big one…..the inflation has actually shaken my budget…..have started thinking of coming to office by bus and awaiting the metro desperately!!!!!!!!!!! to cut down on my fuel expense atleast……hope i can get a car pool from my home.

  9. Sukhpreet July 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    no doubt… because of inflation lotta ppl have cut down to may day-to-day expenses…. bt what i threat the most is petrol… i don’t kno why i find it the biggest , the largest, the hugest…..expense (which u can neva realise) …. n ya cutting down maggie won’t help you much… in fact it will only help wafer thin females like u…

    Maggie for you is blessing in disguise (u n geetika i mean) …. n definitely postponing marriage will not help.. what if prices increase by much more faster rate next year… words of wisdom …

  10. Arjun July 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    lol thats one of the most interesting read on Inflation I read i recent times….and “shaddi”…so when r we getting the card ??? and postponement too πŸ™‚

  11. Aakriti Bhargava July 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    @Anjali may b you can check some good sites on carpool… and save moneys…
    @Sukhpreet thanks for the wisdom talk

    @Arjun thanks, vaise, now that the shaadi is postponed i myself dont know when that’ll happen πŸ™‚

  12. malesh ponnusamy July 13, 2008 at 1:53 am #

    Inflation, inflation, inflation everywhere !!!
    But not a single solution in sight!!

    Atleast it can bring down the rapid multiplicity of population and the
    strain on resources!

  13. Aakriti Bhargava July 14, 2008 at 1:02 am #

    @Malesh… yeah we are all doing our bit to reduce consumption.. therefore demand… which may therefore help curb inflation… was wondering what you are referring to ?

  14. Malesh Ponnusamy July 14, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    Referring to inflation which is widespread in all the countries. The only solution i see is reducing population growth which in turn would reduce demand and hence bring down inflation. It is not a quickfix solution but a long term one which i see is more effective. Unless and until we find alternative resources of energy generation and are able to sustain the existing natural resources. Water is one major resource concern apart from fossil fuels. And food is another.

    Metros, multiplexes, flyovers, malls are no good for an energy famished nation like India.
    We might be in a situation where the individual would have to sacrifice his personal luxuries such as car to ensure that he gets food to eat!!

  15. nefariousoutlook July 15, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    well there is absolutely no doubt that we need a raise ..one thing that we never would dread πŸ™‚
    well people are resorting to different means to cut cost..suddenly travelling by the office bus seems to be a very attractive option to save money….now no one minds the wait at the bus stop or the train station …
    people are willing to wait for a week or two and catch the movie on DVD rather than spend a bomb in the multiplex πŸ™‚

    now there is a sudden interest in people about conservation and energy security…power consuming malls are now a days being frowned upon πŸ™‚

    and yeah many couples have actually postponed their marraiges as well πŸ™‚

  16. Aakriti Bhargava July 16, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks, Nefarious… nefariously you have just said the right things that matter in these shrinking times.. Thanks for the ideas to save more money πŸ™‚

  17. kidakaka August 27, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    Lol! Nice personalization of the “inflation” issue :-))

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