Thursday, March 27, 2008
So much so for what I have gained, but what I have lost in the bargain? Well, apart from the obvious i.e. friends, family and 'Yeh Jo Des hey mera....' part of it, there have been quite a few things such as: (more about each of them in follow up blogs)
- Television: The perfect mode to kill time, take a break, relax, whatever. Been quite a nightmarish time without a T.V. So in case you are wondering what's stopping me from buying a T.V, take a guess. Is it the cost? Nope, that's not even the main criteria, assuming of course that I am not aspiring for a wall mounted flat screen plasma TV or the likes of any such fancy device. At the heart of the problem is a beautiful rule, unique to life in the U.K, it's called a 'T.V License'. Duh? people need license for vehicles, running businesses etc. but have you ever heard of a concept as ghastly as buying a license to watch TV. Nuts!! Well, assuming that I do go in for a TV license, what do I get in the bargain - BBC and a couple of other terrestrial channels at best. Man, just think of paying an annual subscription to watch Doordarshan !!! It's as painful as that.
- English Premier League: Quite an irony given the fact that I am in England. I squarely attribute this to the first point. Hell I used to even watch bloody useless bottom of the table matches, Aston Villa matches etc. (yeah, you are getting the idea now), but now I don't have any means or access to watch it, well that's assuming I have the time to watch it in the first place. Argghhh!! painful. Well tried following the games live on the web, but heck it's not the same feeling.
- Times of India: Can your morning ever be the same without knowing what Prasad Bidappa, Jackie Shetty and other page 3 characters think of the state of Indian economy, the cricket team, situation in Iraq etc. Sigh, I really miss the insightful reporting.
- A spacious house: Well I am not talking about a bungalow here, mind you but something/anything that is better than the glorified 'studio' apartment that I live in. Back home, I have seen advertisements such as 'bedroom with attached bathroom'. Boy, the place I live in could be advertised as 'bedroom with attached kitchen' !!
- Customer service: 'Saar, try this design, it is the lateshht', 'You want to alter this suit saar, no problem. Arree chottu...' , 'You want more information about the warranty? I will call the head office in M.G road, please wait' ....sigh sounds much better than 'Sorry mate, I don't know', 'We don't work on weekends, please come in next week'. Heck even call centers for banks don't operate beyond 8:00 P.M, beat that!!
- Quality of life: Evaluating this would require a more holistic approach, considering a whole range of factors. However, a fellow Indian has summed it up amazingly in this video:
Well, that's about enough for the time being. Will hopefully post more blogs frequently in the future.