The Tales of Variety

There are six tales. For the first one, there is the Uncle no.1 who tries to pretend that he is traveling in second class AC compartment while he actually goes around in the sleeper. If nobody is expected at the railway station, he pretends that it was so cold in the compartment because it was AC while he travels in the sleeper class. If somebody is expected to receive him at the railway station, he actually travels in the second class AC so that the secret that he usually travels in sleeper class won’t be out; all these to pretend in front of his son’s in-laws.

Aunty no.1 is a clear saviour of money, and becomes extra economical at home, keeping the very old vegetables at home for later use. As there is so much money at home, it is impossible for them to have older food, and so the older food is reserved for the guests. But nobody can complain because she makes some nice food with it, and this comes quite natural for her. People feel that she prepares so much food and it is awesome, but there are some very old vegetables which remains her secret.

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Aunty no.2 knows how not to waste even a little bit of the money. She keeps living that simple life that her children can never agree to, because of which they rarely wishes to come home; but the fact remains that she has effectively controlled the flow of money into the right areas, but it goes even up-to that extent that one has to wonder if she is now the richest person in the family – if it is so, the situation is worth applause as well as wonder, and the question remains if she did spend money even when there was the real need.

Uncle no.2 is like the richest person in the family, but never spends even one rupee for even that local toffee, forget buying a cup of black tea from the cheapest shop around. The theory used here is like, “when I get richer, I will be a miser”, but he gets richer and richer, and one day, he might have a tree which grows money, and then he will buy something for us – may be a cup of cardamom tea or that new variety of coconut ice cream which is there at the shops. He is surely saving a lot right now.

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Aunty no.3 is the one who keeps asking for money. It is not that she never returns, but she does ask on such regular basis that everything at her place goes too smoothly even though it can’t be said about those whom she has the money from. Still, she manages things perfectly with the money and lives a happy life. Isn’t it what we all want? People say that money can’t buy happiness, but for some people, happiness is a by-product of money borrowed from someone else.

Aunty no.4 is the great judge, the grand decision maker who creates eternal battles over the small amount of money. She is like a great king who has conquered so much of lands and is struggling to keep them under control. Each and every day, she goes on the battle, with the fish vendor, vegetable seller and many others. She instills a sense of fear in the minds of the people in the market, but never gives up on her special skill, or what she considers to be that – to buy the best at the cheapest price.

These six people are representatives of a big society which looks for that Paisa Vasool element more than anything else, and it has been part of our lives. But what rises above all these, as the right choice for the best experience at a nice affordable rate is the Lufthansa Premium Economy, something which comes to us as another innovation from theGerman airlines which is the largest airline in Europe, not just with the number of passengers carried, but also with its fleet size. It is not the usual economy, but #LufthansaPremiumEconomy. Check this link for further details: http://premium-economy.lufthansa.com/

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TeNy

The Cheapest and the Best

Once upon a time, my dad told me to but the best as it is the cheapest. But as time passed, I came to know that he was playing the Paisa Vasool theory so much that he was slowly moving towards being Scrooge. Yes, even while looking for something to drink, he always asked me to drink tea. It was the cheapest available option and whenever I wanted to drink something, he bought me more and more tea. It might be different now, because the price of tea has gone up, and the new interest is black tea which costs one rupee less than normal tea.

He was always buying the cheapest available at the market and coming up with the idea that it is the best. Whenever he found an opportunity to get anything cheap, he was quick to buy them, and he has spent a lot of his life looking for discounts. When I wanted to buy my first bike, he gave me the TVS Centra which boasted of a hundred kilometre mileage. The car choice was always Maruti 800. It took me years to escape from this mileage addiction which was imposed on me.

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Well, buying the cheapest has often landed us in trouble, but he only chooses to remember the success stories. He has been specialized in fighting with the auto rickshaw drivers over the fare – he did that in four major cities of India; Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. He was always proud of the two or three rupees which he saved, only to loss more later, but he was always happy about having saved something, and it seems to be something which he is doing even now.

He always wanted to go to market himself and find the cheapest to buy from there. When it is about the non-vegetarian, he skillfully tries to find something even cheaper, as he never really wants to eat it. When we were buying the first computer, he managed to travel to every possible seller and find the cheapest of them all, and he hoped to make this the common computer for all the relatives to save money for them all. He also did the same for our bicycle.

His idea has been to buy one book and let all of us relatives use it. I realized that when some of my books went missing and they started appearing in the relatives’ places. It was another part of that Paisa Vasool idea which left me with so much less to read during my school days. But it helped “the others”, nevertheless. It did help to create a feeling of oneness among the relatives for sure, even though it was at the expense of how much I scored during the exams. Well, I was never the priority, and so it was okay.

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Well, this trait of finding the extra value is something more though, as when utilized at the right time with the best skills, can be something which creates the best results. It saves money and makes us feel a lot better if used with efficiency. There is the need to find the right ingredients with the appropriate vision. It is in our blood, and so it will come to us sooner or later. There is more than one way to use this, and we are sure to find more and more methods for the same.

Then there is #LufthansaPremiumEconomy. Lufthansa’s premium economy class is going to bring that extra value for sure. It is new and it is indeed a class apart. You might have seen many types of economy options, but none like this. There is more than just the legroom. There was always the need for something between the Business Class and Economy Class. It is not economy, but #LufthansaPremiumEconomy. Check this link for further details: http://premium-economy.lufthansa.com/

***The images used in this blog post belong to Lufthansa.

TeNy