My Digital Diary

January 28, 2008

Hope John likes it ;-)

                        My dear laad friend will be going to UK for onsiteWork.A noble thought germinated in the compost.The idea was to gift his Ko-league 😉 who was a JOHN .Would that reciprocate in a Client appreciation mail?Well as i said , the thought was noble , so just stop such vile beliefs grow in ya mind 👿 .
But the choice was difficult.There was no clue about his habits , hobby and taste.The two were like configured machines who seldom veered to topics other than Deployment related issues,PDF generation and greece language support. We planned to pick the gift from MG road pune.It has 2 Jaipuri shops with some traditional stuffs.

Now the search for the right gift started…lets wind it up fast.
(pointing to a flower vase)
Me :Yeh wala Sahi hain.
She : “Utna nahi”… uska color utna kuch nahi hain.

Me :He will like this ASH Tray ,Suttebaaj hoga.
She :I don’t know if he smokes.
Me :What the hell.??.Being a John and that too in sure he smokes. 8) (No changes)

.(lots of Deep Thinking from both side)

Alladin ka chirag?

Me :Now this is something pretty cool.Wat ya say?
Shopkeeper :Sir , its the best we have.
She :Ismain ek size bade hain?No-No a bit smaller than that…. Something in betwn these two.?
Shopkeeper :Madam, iske beech wala to nahi hain.
She : They don’t have proper sizes.
Me: Kya yaar 😦 … aap ke paas correct sizes nahi hain, nahi to yeh wala uthane wale the..

We moved to next shop which is in the same lane and owned by the same owner(which was realised later).The Sales man was a hyper active middle aged man , I loved his service.
We saw a couple of John’s wandering for some antique in the same shop.An 💡 popped in my mind (why not catch these whites..they may help in selecting the best choice).

Me :Hello sir…..(and our story .blah blah…..)
John :” Am not English..”(So wat? you are white) ..”Germans have a different taste.Is he he/she?”(he).

After a long thought and explanation…He suggested that anything which has good handwork and sophisticated design and carvings will amaze any John.
Again the search started with new Keywords.This time it was rigorous with more details to be noted resulting in easy rejection and filterations.My choice didn’t materialise as we were from 2 different planets.(Mars &Venus).The hyperactive salesman who was earlier busy wid other customers saw us confused and rushed for our help.

He started bragging about his experience in this business,Wat John likes,picks etc…pointing to every object on display and making amazing facial experiences to show the intricate details of the work.We thought he would solve our problem but finally it ended up in more confusion.20 + items where spread before us like a buffet dinner but each item was only 80% appealling.I was wondering where to bring that 20% from or rather 30% for her?
With lots of Dhaachegiri ..the plan was to see some other shop .But it was too late and this task was supposed to be finished before EOD.Plan changed.We moved back to the earlier shop.This is called how you retain a customer.

At the sight of we entering the shop again, the sales man with more energy than before showed us what he was hiding from us earlier.He opened the fresh stocks.Yeah.And there we found something,something she was looking for.

We settled for this Elephant carved from a single piece of wood with her/his siblings.The attraction was the perfect shape and balance of the Piece.It was big enough and not tiny either and not much bulky .I instantly realized from her expression that She found her missing 30% 🙂 in this one.Celebrations,joys and excitement ruled my mind.(earlier i was pissed off,tired and after looking at so many items I felt like anything is good option. 😡 ).

Indian Elephant

But dear readers..if you still reading this shit..then hold on.The one thing we indians never forget is bargaining.Other’s were trying it too.
So with all my strength I started the bargaining show.

Shopkeeper: Sir 20% is off.

Me:Common yaar.. I am always ready to pay reasonable amount.Please make it 25%.
She:But we are taking 2 pieces…(Murmuring to me and kicking my leg to settle for much more discount.)
Shopkeeper :Sir..its all i can go to any shop and ask.
Me :I know you own all shops prices will be same (  😆 )
Shopkeeper : smiling.. “Sir , aap bhi kya mazak karte hain..”

Ok ok…ha ha thik hain thik hain..yes yes…bas kya …No Noo..chalna.. chod yaar..lelo yaar ..smiles..

Finally HandShake.. 😀

The deal was over.
Rs 2700 for 2 pieces of our Elephant.Everyone was contended and happy about the deal.I hope John likes the stuff too.He will surely, because if you give any gift with all the right feelings , it will be acceptable to every wise human being.So why you think am telling you this experience..??
Need to say more 😛 ?


  1. 200% John will like it…in fact he’ll love it. The fact that it’s gifted by a person from another Nation itself is a GIFT ! We had an Ultimate fun with 2 American babes this weekend at StarBucks coffee here. It was Awesome !!! Will update u soon…yo !

    Comment by Anoop — January 28, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  2. Hmmm wat r u up to?? jaldi bata..
    Well anoop didn’t u feel that the terrible shopping was my post’s purpose..The title was just for the confusion. 😉

    Comment by nitin — January 29, 2008 @ 5:16 am

  3. ya man, agreed ! A terrible shopping indeed. Especially while shopping in a place like Pune, a person needs special MBA degree…for negotiation skills…and bol bacchan…

    Also, abt the title of the post…I forgot to mention when I first saw it…I was very keen to check out what u wrote!!!….coz everytime I hear of ‘John’…I rem it’s one of the meaning in Webster’s dictionary….’A prostitute’s customer’…lol…

    Comment by Anoop — January 29, 2008 @ 6:50 am

  4. HAHAHA is it ??? John “’A prostitute’s customer” , I didnt knew it..

    The core problem was shopping wid a gal..

    Comment by nitin — January 29, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  5. Jonny gaddar ko 2700 ka gift?? 200 ka dene ka tha

    Comment by assemkhan — January 29, 2008 @ 9:59 am

  6. wow! what a beautiful piece of art! – that jumbo, not your mumbo-jumbo! :))

    how can you be so heartless to be gifting it away?! i would have safely tucked it in my showcase 🙂

    Comment by latha vidyaranya — January 29, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  7. hmm..i cudnt stop reading it for the third time..!!! :-)) it is a beautiful piece of work and tht 2.7k is worth it..and the search was even more worth it.!! 😉 dont u think so??

    Comment by Ram — January 30, 2008 @ 4:11 am

  8. @Ass-em
    Mere pocket se thodi gaya hain.. But that john is good ..

    Thats cool ,that you liked it so much..I had such a harrowing exp to shop wid a gal ..but the pain was you said..

    Hey..if you have clients..then ask them to gift you the same piece. 😉

    Obviously, the search was by far the most enjoyable thing..thats why it has a place on my diary..right?

    Comment by nitin — January 30, 2008 @ 4:51 am

  9. hmmmmmm… quiet a LADIES MAN, are u?

    Comment by Sam — January 30, 2008 @ 12:17 pm

  10. hmmm..Not Quite.. but very comfortable once they know me..

    Comment by nitin — January 31, 2008 @ 7:07 am

  11. Guess Oops n my AMERICANISED suggestions have had a direct bearing on ur new template!!! Gotta admit – KICK-ARSE template!!!

    Comment by Sam — February 1, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  12. Oh really.. 🙂 I changed it when i was bored to death in da office.

    Comment by nitin — February 1, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  13. U get time to get bored, that too get bored to death??? Wowwiee man, im jealous!!! can u pl forward my resume to ur HR?

    Comment by Sam — February 2, 2008 @ 8:49 am

  14. Well honestly speaking it is a very good firm..
    but good days never last long.. 3 mails from clients 2 day. 🙂
    “Nazar laga di na”

    Comment by nitin — February 4, 2008 @ 4:42 am

  15. Wow!!! a nice piece… but did you really have the heart to shell out 2.7k for a gift!!!

    Comment by Aalok — February 4, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  16. Lats! wow, thats a cute lil name for me! thanks 🙂

    Comment by latha vidyaranya — February 5, 2008 @ 9:39 am

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