Tuesday, November 22, 2005


My first experience of purchasing a sanitary pad was rather embarassing and one which took out the 'shy' feeling that existed within me....happened when I was still in school....My attempts of convincing mom to go get it were in vain and she sent me to buy them saying, "its easy, u dont have to feel shy, just 'whisper' & he(the shopkeeper) will give it, nicely wrapped in a large envelope packed in a black bag(the non see-through one), nobody in the world will know about it"....So after this assurance, here I was stumbling down the stairs, walking along a really long street, to reach the nearest Kirana(General store) ....the kirana(luckily for me) was not really crowded, just had a couple of customers purchasing some day-to-day provisions....
The guy at the counter looked at me & asked, "kya chahiye aapko?"....Visibly hesitant, I whispered in the lowest vocal scale possible, "ek whisper - ultra revolution, chota pack"....and I said all of that within a single tick of the clock and felt rather releaved about it....to my shock, this guy turned to another at the other end of the store and literally howled in Gujarati, "Ae deepak! ek whisper aap"...this Deepak guy being pre-occupied with some other work, ordered a kid whom he addressed as 'chotu' at a decibel which was much louder than the guy at the counter....
By now I was sure that the other male customers in the store had heard all of it...and was preparing myself to run home at the fastest pace as soon as the damn thing was delivered to me...much to my embarrassment 'chotu' climbed on this high pedestal, reached upto the top-most shelf(which everyone could view), swiftly pulled out the lowermost packet thereby dropping down all those packets perched on top of it...Much to the disorder caused, chotu(still clinging to the shelf) tossed the packet at the counter guy who caught it triumphantly as if he were Jonty Rhodes on the field...the packing took another awful minute and so did the dispatching...the moment it was all done, I headed home like a scurrying mouse without a single glance at the onlookers...
A truely discomfiting experience but one that taught me to be bold about purchasing a pad in future.


Blogger rahul malhotra said...

Lovely experience it seems u had..

Why dont you share your experience of purchasing the "condom" for the first time.??

really excited to read your experience.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Surya Ragunaathan said...

hii so called 'rahul malhotra'...am sure u r not rahul...and i dunno who u r...but sumthing tells me u r someone i know...care to disclose who u r?

9:02 AM  
Blogger loveunlimited said...

all the people on this earth definitely have stories to tell but the most loved stories are ones most beautifully written..........apart from the incident itself ur writing flair has added humor-filled flavor to the story.......looking forward to read ur more embarassing incidents.

10:18 PM  

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