Amor Vida : Love Life Day 232

I had to share this:

A Facebook page, Dekhlo shared an article.

The famous actor Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a picture of him sleeping in the street under his famous bronze statue, and wrote sadly (How times changed).

The reason he wrote the sentence was not only because he was old, but because when the governor of California opened the hotel with the statue in front of him. The hotel officials told Arnold: “At any time you can come and have a room reserved in your name”. When Arnold left judgment and went to the hotel, the administration refused to give him a room arguing that the hotel was fully booked.

He brought a cover and slept under the statue and asked people to imagine it. He wants to convey a message that when he was in a position they were praising him, and when he lost this position they forgot and did not fulfill their promise to him. Yes, times have changed. Do not trust your position or your owner or your power or your intelligence. All of this will not last.

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In life after death.

Amor Vida : Love Life Day 226

The Supermarket Affair

I stumbled upon an interesting article while I was cleaning my magazine rack or should I say while I was trying to clean and organize those magazines racked at several places in my tiny room? Anyways, the article was in my “the most fav” magazines – Readers Digest on how supermarkets are fooling the customers by using various placement tricks and I wanted to share my opinion on the same here with you all.

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The article pointed out the tricks of those smart supermarket organizers who do just the right thing to speed up billing process and I am sharing my views on that but a point to note here is that I am neither envy nor angry with this fact. I mean, they are doing their business so they will do whats best for them. Anyways, I was just fascinated to see that there are things I don’t think I paid much attention to while shopping in a supermarket and those are actually of importance.

Its not like I am a naive shopper as I do know that all the sweet condiments like toffees and chocolates are always kept at lower shelf’s which basically means at the eye level of kids so that the little ones can trick their parents into buying those for them.

What I didn’t know was that the shopping carts are growing big with each passing year as the supermarkets did survey which showed that with every increased size of shopping cart there is a 15% spike in sale. This caught my attention as I am that shopper who wants a small basket to quickly run to my favorite shelf’s, shop and exit but to my surprise, I always end up taking the big shopping cart as the small ones are no where to be seen. Grrrrr. Now I know why.

One more thing: Did you know that processed and packaged foods are always kept managed in supermarkets VS the fresh produce which is always scattered and not well managed. Its true in my supermarket atleast where they should put all root vegetables together and salad things together but instead its all over the place so someone who wants to buy particular vegetables will have to roam the entire area couple of times but I know where to find pasta and right next shelf I will be able to take the pasta sauce.

Few more of these before you checkout from the blog:

  • The checkout counters are intentionally filled with fancy tempting products as you will stand there for a couple of minutes while billing and guess what there are good chances of you getting tempted.
  • Most of the big supermarkets have an entrance at one corner of the store and exit after the billing counters at the far end of other side of store. Why? Well, you came in and now you now have to walk across the store to exit even if you don’t want to buy.
  • The first thing you see when you enter makes the whole lot of difference like mine has fresh big red apples and pomegranates on right and big yummy looking juice cans on left. Well, it makes sense that we feel good after seeing these fresh colors instead of seeing something else like toilet cleaning products.

There are many more points I am sure and they would be as interesting as these were. Let me know if you have your own points around this and I would end this supermarket journey by saying that Love or Hate affair- this is it. Regardless to say that I love my experience of shopping in my supermarket.

Amor Vida : Love Life Day 223

When I was a child and started going to 2nd standard in school which would means I was roughly 7 years old. The circumstances forced me to grow up and take responsibility of my own self plus my younger sister. There was someone to look after my baby sis when mom and dad were at work but somehow I was an adult who could take care of herself. I would walk from bus stop where the school bus would drop all kids to home alone and would open the lock of our three story house.

I was scared of the ground floor as we all only lived on the first floor and ground floor was locked for months hence I would open the main door and sprint on the staircase to reach our first floor house. Then those baby fingers would undress, wash hands and legs, and happily fluster across the house to look for that “lunch box” mommy used to pack for me. It was an old fashioned warm lunch box which mom brought from her foreign country trip and its top cabinet always had something special – a note from mom.

It would read almost the same on each day –

Dear Daughter,

I made your favorite vegetable, Finish the food and complete your homework. Honey, take care of yourself.  Mumma will be home soon baby girl.

Mumma.

And I did not feel any loneliness after reading that letter. I would be a nice child who finishes all the vegetables in that box, work on my homework and take a nap. Always I would wake from my nap by my mom’s warm hands on my forehead when she would return from work early evening with my sister who would lit up the entire house with her laughter and naughty tantrums.

Why am I being nostalgic today?

Well, this year has been a year when a good number of people have told me that I am unlike anyone else and that I am someone who can understand people in a way not many can and I got to thinking that I am what I am because of the life I have lead and because of the hard balls and happy turns life has shown me.

So I was thinking that when all my fellow kids from school were getting picked by parents, I was standing in front of our house and opening a big lock from my tiny hands not to mention that I was looking forward to spending that time with myself.

Even today, I would choose sitting alone VS in crowd. Prefer eating vegetables over Pizza. Have acceptance only one type of loud voices- my sisters.

We are what we are made of. I am proud of me. Whatever I maybe.

Amor Vida : Love Life Day 219

This is the week of quoting quotations and its not because I have nothing to say but its because there is a lot going on in my head. However, I am taking circles around the ideas as I have a habit of getting overwhelmed when I am in this situation.

So, I am taking it slow this time by letting life show me where its leading me as its sure is leading me somewhere.

But I keep the mind juice flowing and my search today led me to this-

Professor Harold Hill has said — “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays.”

Enough said. Isn’t it?