Phone deals and beard deals!

Sale sign surrounded by shopping doodle

It was a huge ad in the newspaper, not just a page, but two; it showed pictures and prices of scores of items that were going at a discount. There were beard trimmers going at two hundred and forty nine bucks, vegetable cutting machines for less than five hundred, cell phones going dirt cheap, they said, T-shirts at one ninety-nine, and cricket bats starting at two-fifty!

Spectacular I thought to myself! It’s a real deal, said my greedy, bargaining mind.

“You’ve got every one of them!” whispered my common sense.

Yes, I had all of them, most in working condition, except the beard trimmer which needed a new set of batteries, and what I didn’t have I didn’t need!

I mean I don’t think I’d be able to do much more to my face with the face massager offered at two hundred and fifty, and how many more guys and girls did I have to impress with a new phone?

Yet, I stared at the ad again and again, wondering why I shouldn’t take part in the lucrative deals, deals and deals offered.

The other day I’d seen a neighbour placing some sofas and dining chairs on his terrace. “They seem good!” I said.

“The wife’s fed up with them!” he said.

“Are they broken?” I asked.

“They’re out of fashion!” he said.

I sank into one of the chairs, “Very comfortable!” I said.

“Well, she isn’t with them!” he said with a tone of finality, “And I got my bonus yesterday!”

I looked at the poor chairs as they stared back at me. “Thrown out because of a bonus!” they seemed to cry.

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Robert Clements

Robert Clements

Robert Clements is a journalist and newspaper columnist. With an estimated 6 million readership, Bob’s Banter is published in over 30 newspapers and magazines in nearlyevery state in India, as well as in the top newspapers of Bangladesh, Dubai and Pakistan and is also translated into Hindi.
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