My 30 smiles to this city on Diwali

at Posted by Kusum Rohra
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One of the weekends last month, beau and I went to Inorbit in Malad, as I walked by the perfume section, I sighed when I looked at Davidoff's Cool waters. I have been wanting this perfume (?) for a very long time now. But somehow my mind is not tuned to spending for this one. I pay almost double that amount for anyone to do my hair *gasp* but no for the parfum somehow my purse strings won't loosen up. So I stood there watching it and sighing for a longish time almost on the verge of being physically dragged away from there by the security personnel when suddenly I had this brilliant idea.

Say I were to buy this parfum..perfume..whatever(!) still I would not really be happy as I am not comfortable spending that much for it. So that would mean I would be miserable even if I bought it. Then why spend that kind of money and be miserable? I thought Diwali was around the corner and if I choose to give away that money or buy gifts for people out of it, people I don't know and people who don't expect a thing from me, 30 strangers.Wouldn't that be great? So thus I began. I had to find 30 people and gift them either money or some gift each and I am sure their smiles would make me way more happier than owning cool waters :) This decision made my mind is off buying cool waters( for now that is). I thought how would I decide who to give the money/gifts to, as in how do I decide who deserves a surprise buck but then I realised what an ass I am being, it's just a small sum of money, I mean frankly I am quite lucky to be living a very luxurious life and I don't know if I have done anything per se to deserve it, yet God has been kind enough, so even I would just give away the gifts without analysing who deserves it or some such bull.

The first person was the delivery guy from a restaurant close by, this guy is a teenager, quietly he delivers the food, collects the payment and leaves every time without even looking up. This time when I tipped him, he looked blankly at me, I wished him "Happy Diwali" and there in his smile, in the way his face lit up, I knew cool waters can wait, these smiles are much more cooler. My Diwali was mucho happy that way, such are the virtues of selfishness because I didn't do this as charity or out of kindness but out of pure selfishness to be able to buy a lot of happiness from my money which otherwise would have been spent on some perfume and best part is I have only begun, I am down with six smiles, there are twenty-four more to go *does the hippy hippy shake*.
I hope all of you had a great Diwali too.

15 comments:

Boogerwormie said...

Hey... I don't mind receiving a "huge" tip for reading your blog. :)

Lekhni said...

That was a lovely thought, Kusum! Yes, there is really no better pleasure..

Kiran (u know who) said...

Hey u r back again... Cool..
btw where is my diwali gift.. ;)

Kusum Rohra said...

@Boogerwormie: I knew it! I knew it! One of these days I will have to pay people to read my blog! Lets take this offline ;) for now we'll pretend you don't get any tip for reading my blog. On the other hand I wouldn't mind tipping you for starting to blog again :)

@Lekhni: Totally and I am loving it :) I walk around the city with the aim of making someone smile and make my day :)

@Kiran: Abbe tu pehle India to wapaas aa then will give you a gift :P pukka.

Boogerwormie said...

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unpredictable said...

You lovely person you. Happy Diwali to you :)

beaches-and-hills said...

Kudos to you!!
I would be flicking your idea :)

Used to read your blog earlier.

beaches-and-hills said...

Kudos to you!! would be flicking your idea shamelessly :)

I used to be a reader of your blog :)

Kusum Rohra said...

@Unpredictable: Happy Diwali to you too :)

@Beaches and hills: YAY! pls do so, that way I can claim my 60 smiles to this city. *jumping with joy*

Khushi said...

niiiiiiiice :-)

PS: Btw, I live in Bangalore, ahem ahem ;)

Andy said...

'sum Rohra,

Ur blog is begining to loose its funny side. Just as a footnote to your latest blog....

A) Yes I would buy the cool water and splurge all the money on myself
B) The kid you just tipped, went and got an overdose of the local hooch....
C) How about sacrificing a month's salary for some more worthiser cause like a beer party for your entire office.....and friends

Will have to stop reading the blog if the atrocities continue. Hail vanity!!!

Andy said...

...aaah now u dont even want people to express their opinion....what a lack of democracy on this blog....

Karen said...

Hey, This is one of the most sweetest blog entry i ve come across in a long time.. very nice.. Kusum.. I hope someone buys you the Davidoff an lightens up your face!

Asterix said...

Long time!

How about sending some beer money for poor students like me! It should would make me happy, in more ways than one! :)

Rahul

phuchu said...

This must be my lucky day...You are the 2nd blogger (who i'v followed everyday without fail before u decided to stop writing that is)i found active after ages on the same day!!! Yay!!!