Apart from being passionate about travel, I love shopping. Not many of my friends think of me as a shopaholic, but believe me, if I was a billionaire, I would have had a shopping mall of my own. I love shopping anywhere, in the mall and on the streets. Mumbai’s Colaba area is one of the places where I used to hang out with my friends and now with Sarah.
Located in South Mumbai, Colaba is the place where you will find a string of heritage buildings and street shops lined up to lure shopaholics like me. Also, some of the best hotels are located here which means you’ll find a lot of foreign tourists walking the streets. Back in my college days, I had this passion for lockets for men. My college was just a couple of blocks away from this shopping street. So, whenever I get some spare time I walk to this street to shop for some lockets I could add to my collection. I finally found a dealer who provided me with some of the best locket designs. I soon became his regular client.
One afternoon I was at the shop when a foreign couple walked in. As usual, the dealer attended with utmost politeness asking what exactly they were looking for. The foreign couple took a good look at all the lockets hung around just over their head. They finally pointed towards a particular locket and the dealer said, “This is for Rs. 500.” I quickly took a look at the locket and instantly knew this locket cost not single paise more than Rs. 50, but the dealer was quoting them ten times the actual price.
Deep down I felt this was wrong. I understand we all love to make money and tourists are easy targets, but charging ten times the price was too much. I wanted to help, but how? At that point in time, two college girls walked in and the dealer diverted his attention to those girls.
Without wasting a second, I took that opportunity and quickly went to the couple and whispered, “This locket cost is Rs. 50, so don’t buy it at Rs. 500. If he doesn’t give you at Rs. 50, walk away and he’ll give in.” They were quite amazed. I quickly came back to my position and acted as if I was busy looking around. Soon the girls walked out and the dealer returned to them and the couple said they want this for Rs. 50.
The dealer got on with his verbal skills to convince them that Rs. 500 is the fair price and that he would make a loss if he sells it at Rs. 50, but thankfully the couple stuck to their guns. After a lot of bargaining conversation, the dealer gave in and they bought the locket for Rs. 50. I bid goodbye to the dealer and quickly walked out of the shop. I was happy that I could help them in a small way.
A few minutes later while I was strolling in another shopping lane the couple once again bumped into me. We were so delighted to talk to each other only for few minutes before we parted our ways heading back into our own lives.
In the world of negativity and hatred, We Are the World Blogfest is a tiny step forward to promote positivity and humanity. It focuses on stories and true events that highlight compassion, love and the never dying human spirit. I wanted to be a part of this blog fest earlier but couldn’t because of tight deadlines, but I am glad that I am finally a part of it. This is the fifth month of the blog fest and I am joining hands with some great bloggers to spread the message of love, hope and humanity. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. I also thank Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and Sylvia Steins for co-hosting the blog fest this month.