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It was supposed to be as easy as this :

Scene 1: location – my current temporary furnished apartment

I am sitting in my pyjamas in front of my laptop. With a click or two I purchase the sofa I want!

and a few days later…..

Scene 2: location – my unfurnished new apartment

The sofa is sitting in the living room. Me and my family thank the delivery guy.                                               

                                                   The End

But what happened was:

Scene 1: location – my current temporary furnished apartment

I am sitting in my pyjamas in front of my laptop. With a click or two I purchase the sofa I want!

A few days later ON the scheduled date of delivery……

Scene 2: location – my unfurnished new apartment

My daughter sitting on the floor resting her back against the wall nibbling chips absentmindedly. Me staring into space.My husband walking up and down checking the time now and then. From 11AM till 3PM.

Scene 3: location – my unfurnished new apartment at 3PM

My husband calls their office. We hear him say

”What! Not today?”  “Are you sure?”

“Please deliver it day after tomorrow”  “Thank you”.

As soon as he puts the phone down I yell  ”Man! I can’t believe we wasted a whole day for this!” My daughter goes “It was boring. Next time I will get my laptop .“

Scene 4: location- in the car on our way to the current apartment. Time 5PM.

The phone rings. My husband picks up the phone.

”What! delivery NOW! You are at the gate huh? Sorry we are not in the apartment!” “Hindi malum?”

He passes the phone to me and I break off in Hindi “Your office told us you won’t be coming today. We are  far away from the apartment. Please come day after tomorrow.” I get desperate when I realize he can’t understand Hindi either.

“Thursday banni, Thursday banni, Thursday banni…..” My face is distorted in anguish!

Cut!!

Second take: Two days later on Thursday , our second attempt to get the sofa delivered

Scene 2: location: my unfurnished new apartment

We are waiting for the delivery. The phone rings. I immediately pick up, listen to the delivery guy and say ”Anytime, anytime but before 6”. His “Ok” sounds feeble and confused.

We wait for some time and then call up the office.“Oh no! Not AFTER 6 it’s BEFORE 6!”

I walk around in circles raving “Why the hell did I say before 6.I should have left it at ANYTIME” From 11AM to 6PM pacing around our empty unfurnished apartment.

Cut!!

Third take: our third attempt to get the sofa delivered on Friday.

Scene 2: location : my unfurnished new apartment

We google search the word NOW in Kannada. We are desperate to get it right this time.

The phone rings. I pick up and with great enthusiasm exclaim “Iga! Iga! Iga!” I sense that the delivery boy is taken aback but hope and pray that he understood me this time.

After an hour or so our doorbell rings. We open our door in great anticipation.

Eureka ! It’s the delivery man with our sofa!!!

The End ! At last !

 

   

 

                                              

 

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