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Friday, September 5, 2003
“Sir, I have this detergent here which we are publicising.”
“And we have got an introductory prize scheme too for our customers.”
“Ahan.” Of course you do. Everybody does.
“Well, sir, in this packet of detergent, which I am holding, are hidden many prizes, such as a cell phone, an iron, Rs. 3000 cash, and many others…”
“Ahan.” And where’s the detergent in this packet?
“And sir, if you win any of these prizes, only then would I ask you to pay the price for this packet.”
“Right.” 600? For this little box which you are calling a packet?
“And sir, if you don’t win any prize, you will not have to pay anything. And also sir, if the packet turns out to be empty, then you’ll be given four packets of this detergent without any charge, alongwith a cash of Rs. 500.”
“Of course, sir.”
“So why don’t you try your luck and open it?”
“Well, thanks for the offer, yaar… but leave it.”
“Just try it, sir. May be it turns out to be your lucky day.”
Yeah right. “No thanks.”
“I think there’s no harm in just opening the packet, sir. It’s a scheme from the company.”
“Well as I said, leave it.”
“Sir, many people have tried it, many people have actually won prizes.”
“I don’t want to win any prize actually.” I want to go and get prepared for my Friday prayer.
“Well, sir, that’s very good for you, because if you don’t win any prize, the company is going to give you four packets and Rs. 500 cash.”
“I actually don’t want to win these either.”
“Come on, sir, just try it.”
“Yaar, I have to go and prepare myself for the Friday prayers.”
“Sure, sir. But it takes just two minutes to open this packet.”
“Then why don’t you try giving this chance of two minutes to somebody else?” Instead of wasting five minutes here.
“Oh come on, sir. Many people in Islamabad have won either prizes or four packets with Rs. 500 cash.”
“Phir keh raha hon yaar, leave it.” Because this is Rawalpindi.
“Just try it, sir. Maybe you could win Rs. 3000 cash. Then you can pay Rs. 600 for this packet from that prize.”
“Yaar, I have to iron my clothes and get myself prepared for the prayers.”
“Of course you do, sir. But you can try first. May be it’s your lucky day. After all it’s Friday.”
“Of course it’s Friday, but my lucky day is Wednesday.” How come it never occurred to me before?
“How do you know, sir? Any day can be your lucky day.”
And today certainly isn’t. At least these moments.
“So sir, will you try?”
“Chorro yaar, leave it.”
“Sir, it’s just a matter of moments. Open it and see what your luck has got for yourself.”
“I am saying again, yaar, leave it.”
“Sir, it’s a scheme from the company. Rs. 3000 cash, cell phone…”
“Well, convey my deepest apologies to your company and let me iron my clothes so that I could go for prayer.”
“Just try, sir.”
“Yaar, why don’t you come after the Friday prayer?” Don’t. Please don’t.
“Well, sir, we are visting this area just once and we’ll have to move on.”
“Then don’t waste your time on a customer like me.”
“Last time, sir. Try it.”
Thank God it’s last time. “Well, thank you very much yaar, but sorry.”
“OK sir, sorry to have disturbed you.”
“It’s OK.” What do you mean, sorry? I’ll be late!
“OK sir, good-bye.”
And I closed the door.