Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shopping Blues

Diary Entry 22


 

If there is one thing I hate doing with mom, its shopping. But every time I come home, she always manages to drag me along to go shop. She knows, if she tells me that she wanted to go pick up some clothes for the baby who was born in the next street, I will whine and make a fuss. But instead, if she tells me we are going out to eat in a exotic restaurant, I will be more than willing to go with her. Her trick to making me come, is to make it sound as if its all about me and it works every time.

Of course its not all about me. As a matter of fact a very small portion of the time spent shopping is about me. On our way to this exotic place she promised to take, she will say, "Eda, lets pick up some groceries on the way. It will take only 5 mins". So I agree to go to the grocery store only to realize that she has written a book of things she wants to buy and stock up in the house. I grab a part of the list and move around the shop in light speed  and  pick out the things she wrote down. When everything in the list has been placed in carry bags, I do a delicate balancing and weight lifting act and carry everything to the counter for billing. I dont stop there. I help the counter akka to bill, pack and take the bags and put it into the car. Of course the only reason why I am doing all this is because I want to get out of the place and go to the restaurant, FAST. All this is was a part of my clever mothers scheme of getting her things done while stopping me from complaining. She knows if we went to the restaurant first and then went to shop for groceries, I will be snoring in the car instead of helping her. But instead, if she did it the opposite way, she can be a proud mother of the son everybody including the billing akka will look in admiration for being so responsible and caring.

When we finally go to the restaurant I try my best to order everything in the menu. For some reason my mother always watches me when I eat and doesnt touch the food herself. She might occasionally sip some water, when she starts doubting if I am her son. When eating is done and when all the excitement of having food in the fancy Thai restaurant is over, I start seeing through my mother's clever scheme and how she cleverly brought me with her to shop. She told me yesterday that, "We are going out to eat and do a little shopping." But shopping can never be little, can it?


Now that we done everything we can go home right? But there are several clothes stores on the way back and clothes showrooms are like temples. We have to go pay homage to each one of them even if we dont buy anything. So we go to each brand showroom that we see on the way. If I think shopping is hell, then shopping for clothes is like burning in a pit of fire. Its rarely ever about her clothes. Its always my clothes she wants to get which makes it all the more worse. Taking me to shop for clothes is like taking a Atheist to a church, we cant stand every minute we spend in the place. What I dont understand is why we need to stop for clothes after each time we eat in a restaurant? When you are stuffed and when your stomach is so full of food, all you want to do is lie down and fall asleep. But my mother has other plans for me. I have to try on each shirt that they have in the shop and say if I like it. Its my mothers way of helping me digest all the food, I guess. Its like a fashion show, I have to put on a shirt and go pose, then go put on another shirt and then pose again. We dont even buy half of the things I try on (sometimes we dont buy anything at all). Whats the point trying them on in the first place? My mothers argument - "We dont come out often, so lets buy when everything when we can". Sheesh, the other ladies in the family are a lot worse I hear. How much more worse can it get?

 When I came home this time, I was the one who wanted to buy the clothes. I wanted to get some formal clothes so that I could sit for campus placements. We went inside and came out of 5 major brand showrooms but we did not find anything that we wanted. I was told that getting a tie would be a good idea but who would have thought shopping for one single tie could be so hard. The ties available were all too ostentatious for our taste. The flashy ties was not the the least of our problems. All the shirts were too big for me because I was too thin. They would have fit me perfectly, if I had some muscles. Tiered of searching, I tell my mother that we will just get something stitched. My mother on the other hand was still full of energy and gave dialogues like, "I want you to have something polished and ready made to wear for your interview." There are sometimes when I regret being the only son to my parents. This is one of them. When we went into the 4th store, she was as tiered as I was and was more open to the idea of having something stiched. She was so bored with checking out clothes for me that she went to the girls section and started looking at the skirts and frocks there. I go sit in a chair nearby exhausted. Suddenly she turns to me and says, "If only I had a girl". Fed up with the world, I tell her that if finding clothes to wear for a interview is going to be so hard then I dont want a job and will make a living as a Entrepreneur. 

In the end I did not have to take such drastic steps. I finally did get something that fitted me and it also satisfied my mother's baseless requirements of being polished and ready made. The tie was still flashy but we picked the one which was the least gaudy. I come home exhausted. Three hours of shopping and I spend the next 10 hours sleeping. I sleep with the hope I dont have to do this again. But you know what they say - Pain and Pleasure is a cycle.



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42 Comments for this post:

  1. If I have ever learnt anything from 21 years of living, it is that never ever EVER take a guy along when shopping. If you value peace and sanity, that is. They will whine and moan and crib and snore till you fell like throwing the hangers sans clothes at the shop keeper and sprinting out of the shop as quickly as your 3-inch beauties will allow you to :P Maybe I'll write a post about this ;D

    So hence, we have established that neither gender can stand the other during the ritual of shopping xD
    All I can tell you is, wait till you go shopping with a girlfriend, you'll start wishing you could go back in time to shop with dear Ma :D

    Good post, entertaining...

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    1. lol when my gf wants to shop, i will send her off with mom. that way everybody is happy and a mother - girlfriend bond is automatically created :D :D

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  2. Ahh!! the shopping Saga! They say all girls love shopping and me too! I love the idea of buying so many things for myself! But I am too bad at it! I get exhausted too fast! And in the end I end up buying nothing or anything that I get hold of!
    So finally I have no idea if I actually love shopping!

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    1. Lol I love getting things for myself too and I get exhausted just like you do. How do I deal with it? I shop online :D : D :D

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  3. superb da....always love to read ur posts in the evenings.....

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  4. Good post! I liked the way of comparing shops to temple.. funny!

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  5. It's funny and I love the cartoons in the post...All mums are like that... Super fun reading it:)

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    1. Yeah my mom is a little extra sweet I guess :D

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  6. Hahahahaa :P
    Shopping is a little fun but I too get tired VERY fast and shopping with my mom annoys the hell out of me :P

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    1. I see drama queen is gone and someone new is here ;)

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  7. :D hahah I can truly relate to this one ;) the worst is when mom takes you out on Monday and then your GF asks you to take her out the very next day,...:) so you are still lucky buddy..the layout looks fab with all the gadgets and the images...great job...your blog looks chic now ;) tk care...:)

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    1. Lol thanks man. I changed it once you gave me all those tips :D

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    1. I liked the drama queen better :P. This one needs a little more time getting used to.

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  9. Ok. So, you get something in return. In the process you will understand the womankind better. :D

    Good one!

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    1. To understand woman kind completely, all one has to do is read your blog.

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  10. Being a woman i feel ashamed when i second you and say I HATE SHOPPING!

    but i shud rephrase and say that i hate shopping with DAD
    he will just walk and walk and wont stop and look around for stuff..He will walk the entire mall and say ' There is nothing good enuff'

    so we return back..

    Nice blog sire!

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    1. Haha its like your dad goes from shop to shop the way I flick the tv remote from channel to channel :D I switch it off saying there is nothing interesting, much to the frustraion of the people watching with me. LOL your dad on the other hand takes it to a all new level.

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  11. I so agree with Priyanka on this one. Ive been to shopping with the opposite gender and that's seriously like pulling my hair off. Shopping is something to enjoy, not cry about like this.
    Anyhow, Glad that you got something, relief for both you and your sweet Maa :) :D :D

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  12. @ R-A-J: You know what, I love football. :P :D

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    1. Everybody is changing their names :D

      Lol I dont have a problem with shopping. Its only the way I am forced to do it that makes me cry :)

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  13. Well I'm gonna be commenting on your posts for longgg :P
    So you have all the time in the world to get used to my new name :P
    Okies? :)

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    1. lol :D :D True. I will get used to your new name in no time, if you comment the way you usually do.

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  14. hahaha very true. Probably every one of us ( U SEE WE OBDIENT KIDS(only boys of course) ) can relate to this

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    1. I hear there are certain things about men that annoys women just like how there are certain things about them which annoys us. Dont ask me what though :D

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  15. lol..well written...it's the restaurant part that is most interesting, isn't it? I hate shopping too....

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    1. Thanks man :) When it comes to food its always interesting...

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  16. BTW Vampire Diaries books bhi hai. And there's House of Night,and then Vampire Academy too!
    Vampire Academy > House Of Night!

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    1. lol will make sure that I check them out :)

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  17. I can't help but praise you and tell you that your humor is abso-freakin-lutely awesome :)

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  18. LOL!!! i would gladly pay homage to all the shopping malls in town..but then again, thats the difference between martians and venutians i guess.sigh!

    uhoh...am i sounding like your mom now? :P

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    1. Lol my mother sounds a lot worse because she drags me along with her. :D

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  19. Its raining awards :)

    Grab yours here :)

    http://littlemomentsofbliss.blogspot.com/p/once-upon-time-in-awardville.html

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  20. Super Clever Mother.
    Tempting Pic on Noodles.

    Super cool way of narrating it. :)

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  21. Ha, your mom has got good tricks up her sleeves :D I wonder how do you guys shop for your clothing?

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    1. We ask the women to do it for us. They are naturally very excited :D

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