Cash and Cards

This has happened to everyone..but every time I hear such news I always thought this will never happen to me..

It was a cold Saturday night when my brother,Prasun, and I thought of having a lavish dinner just to make us feel a change from the usual one.

We took a long walk from Pondy Bazar to the Thanikachalam Road to find a posh restaurant which we have heard from our friends..It didn’t take much of our efforts to reach this place..While heading to this place I had already told Prasun that I am an impecunious one as it’s almost month end..But that seemed to be not a problem for Prasun because of his bank balance 😉

After receiving a very warm welcome from the security,we found a nice and cozy place at the corner;a table for two..

As it was a long walk;also because of the absence of evening food on our that day’s agenda,we thought ordering in a royal way..as usual we didn’t forget to order a dish in our “try-out” section..

Silence

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Silence

The food was too good that we forgot to talk each other..Awesome!!!! 😀

Phew!!!

Then here come the closing ceremony for the dinner..the BILL..

Prasun took out his Debit card for paying..The waiter politely told us that their card reader is not working and showed us a board kept right in front of the reception which we didnt notice at all.. 😦

oops!!!

Both of us started mining in our wallets but since we are not used to keeping big amounts of cash with us,all we could do was to give a pathetic look to the waiter..

We asked them to know whether there was any ATM near by..

We were lucky to have one right in front of the restaurant..Both of us got of out of the place to withdraw cash from the ATM.The security of the restaurant was spying us to make sure that we don’t escape without paying the money..

Both of us got inside the ATM and Prasun pushed his card into the slot..

**** entered the PIN..

TTrrrrr..

TTrrrr…

TTrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

Only sound is coming from the machine NO CASH..

we thought may be the machine is out of cash..Pressed the cancel button..

Trrrrrrr…

Trrrrrr..

Card is not coming out..our finger played salsa on the cancel button..but nothing worked out..card got stuck inside the machine..phew!!!!!!!15 minutes have gone by now..

The security crossed the road and came up to us..we explained him the situation..He seemed not to believe the story..

We were thinking and thinking..

Prasun went with the security to tell the restaurant manager..And I was waiting inside the ATM with the Trrrr.. sound in the background..

30 minutes passed,I tried calling Prasun but he was not picking up the phone..

I got pissed and kicked the ATM machine..Trrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

Kluck..there it is the card..Hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 😀 😀

I turned back to see Prasun and the security..I showed the card..Ho!!!we were relieved..

I don’t know why they actually believed us..but they took so much effort to drive us to find an another ATM and then drop us at our place..

May be this is called Customer Satisfaction..or may be they need their money 😛

But whatever..we learnt a lesson.

Card is NOT equal to Cash

Job Collars!!

The origin of the words “white-collar jobs” and “blue-collar jobs” are this way..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-collar_worker

Disclaimer : The post below is not intended to show any of the jobs superior or inferior.

Now coming to the topic..As majority of my family belongs to the “White Collar” jobs,since my childhood I always had this unknown and strange disliking towards the “Blue Collar” population..My view about them was they were too bad in studies and that made them taking up this job..Those days I even had disliking towards students who don’t study well in class..I always used to wonder what is there to study after all..It is something quite easy and simple..

(Then it took years for me to know the feelings of a student who doesn’t study well 😦 )

The above mentioned reasons were very sensible and logical then..This made an attitude in me which made me arrogant to them..

I remember,I had to take so much of effort to smile at them,same while talking to them too..The fact that these people have flunked at school keep pestering me that the disliking towards them got plotted as an exponential graph..

Then as years flew,I realised the truth behind them..I realised that most of the people gave up studies because of worse circumstances in their lives..

Then the sympathy towards them made me plot a graph of disliking to a straight line somewhere near to the origin of the graph.. 🙂

Later when I started to work,I became very nice,polite and compassionate towards them..I would listen to the stories of “cleaning akkas”(women who clean rest room) when I get time,I would tell them not to discourage their kids from studying etc..

I used to tell my friends circle about these conversations empathizing them,but they always used to give me discouraging “support” and killing “advises”;to which i always used to counter them..

I was advised by one of my dear ones that most of these people take advantage of our sympathy.

Then here comes the worst I could expect from them..

There was a “cleaning akka” in my project area..In our usual chit-chat she always used to mention about the her five daughters and her husband who was a tailor..Since she was staying somewhere near to my house,it was usual to meet up with her family..She was very considerate to me that once she even brought me a mug of hot water to my seat when I was coughing my soul out..

Very impressive!!!

After one week,It was Diwali(the festival of lights 🙂 )..

When I met her in the rest room,she was so excited to see me as if she was waiting all the while there for my arrival..All in a sudden she asked me about the plans for Diwali..I told her that I don’t celebrate Diwali.

suddenly that happened….

She cried..I was clueless..I have not uttered a word other than the answer of the question she asked.. 😮 😮

Then she started off saying how much she wished to celebrate Diwali in a “great” way..So this year if I could help her by lending Rs.5000,she could fulfil her dream..

  😯

I blinked.

I could hear like an echo she telling me that all she is earning is Rs.4000 and if I could lend her then she will repay pay me in a year..

Anger was flowing inside my body with the speed of a jet..I could feel the that I’m biting my teeth very hard..I was sweating a bit..

I’m angry not because she asked me for money but she asked for an amount more than her salary.. 

That was it..THE END..

I told her NO!!!! and walked away..

After getting back in the seat i realized what my friends were actually telling me..Then I plotted a graph..you know how it will be right??? 😡