Let us consider Indian society for a bit and the guests that usually visit us. It’s perfectly acceptable in India to show up by surprise to a well-known person’s place. We used to do that sometimes, say once in a blue moon. By we, I mean me, my father and my mother. We would just give least of notices and just walk into a family friend or a very close relatives home one evening, and it was perfectly fine. It was an acceptable social norm in those days. They used to return the favor as well, and that kept the bond very strong and close.
This was some 16-18 years ago. Today, things have become much more complicated. We live a fast pace life. Imagine a city like Mumbai, every household has at least two members who are earning, just so that they can sustain life again all odds that the city will present in the form of various bills by the end of the month. Inflation has hit us big time, correct me if I am wrong.
Now these are the two different scenarios that we are going to look at. The only one thing that we didn’t consider is the lavish food that would be kept on the table in order to please the guests. In each of the times, the only thing that hasn’t changed is this custom of our society.
Earlier the lady of the home would alone go for the chores and make sure that the guests are pleased with the best food that they could make/get. We as kids were happy about it. Best food, meeting cousins/friends; what else could one ask for?
Now things are completely different. I no longer go to a place without at least a day’s prior notice and if possible not stay up longer so that their chores remain unaffected. But then sometimes mingling with our extended families is very important so that the relationship stays strong and we stay close.
Couple of weeks back it so happened that 6 members of our extended family were in town and they did inform us that they were coming in. They had some other works in town. My mom as usual gets worried about what do we do for dinner? We were running short of resources and month ends are usually tough to tackle. I suggested why not go for pizza for that one day. Sure they would love it cos anyways you don’t eat pizza everyday. At least not in India. Also the fact that ‘even if it’s bad…it’s good’ applies to pizza. Though not in agreement, my mother and father did agree to this easy idea, leaving me with the job of ordering food. I was completely carefree as Dominos deliver pizza to my area in less than 30 mins.
Just then I remembered my colleague quoting about ‘Patrika’ and the coupons for dominos there. We all know ‘Patrika’ as a Hindi news portal. But then I never knew that they collaborated with 27coupons, which happen to be one of the leading coupons and deals distribution platforms of India, to give us some deals on various products and stores.
Thanks to my colleague and I got a whooping 15% discount over the 20 small size boxes I purchased for my family and the guests. Everyone was happy by the end of it.
Now-a-days, 27coupons and Patrika helps the poor souls like us with additional discounts on their offers. I am sure you might want to check their websites to get great deals on various products and services. Their webpages are as follows,
I hope these links help you like it has helped me and my family at the right time.
On that rather glad bombshell, Good night!