Today’s shopping list has been kindly donated by Uma, who lives in India. He is another blogger, very erudite and articulate. I’m always too intimidated to leave a comment on his posts! You can find out what I mean here: words by Uma
To find out where he lives, follow this link: Bhopal
Uma has kindly explained how this list came about, and why it was deemed necessary to get out there and save money! It bears absolutely no resemblance to any shopping list I have ever written. There are a few items that might cause us puzzlement. Let’s see what you folks know about the things Uma’s family was seeking.
Thank you, Uma for giving us a glimpse into your domestic life.
I live in the middle of a middling kingdom bursting at seams with people. Consumerism is the order of the day. Fifteen of August, being the ‘Independence Day’, is typically used as an opportunity to empty the emaciated wallets –or alarmingly stretched credit lines– of the middle class morons like us in the guise of Mega Offers by the local retailing mammoths.
So, that is a forced shopping list. Most of what you see in there are the groceries that keep the body and soul of a typical vegetarian family together. But they have been sourced in advance in view of the ‘offer’.
You would notice that eggs, even though requisitioned by the orderly, were struck down at the store by the Chief of Home Staff because they could be taken only in packs of thirties.
The household help has gone on a longish leave, which prompted the orderly to make an entry in red in the list, viz., mop, the kind that has a rotor at the end of a long handle equipped with a lever that can wring the mop of used up water. But the ones available were expensive, and had to be dropped off the list.
Although toothpaste tubes were available by tons, a great debate ensued when we stopped by the rack. This family of four is already using three different different types of toothpastes just for the heck of it.
Some of the staple items like ‘maida’ and ‘suji’ which are finely ground flour used in porridges or ‘bhatura’ (layered, rubbery, deep fried bread) were already appropriated by the early birds.