Of Crackling Popcorn and Big Names

DISCLAIMER: This post is meant only for wholesome mind stimulation. If my post hurt any of the feminine/house-wifely sentiment then its a home run for the writer

And the blabber-er begins…  

After a good rest and a couple of good nights sleep and yes of-course rangon ka tyohaar, here I am at my blabbering best [purely my presumption] and my grey cells are churning a thought “Whats with the polybags/paper packets of a branded showroom/shop” 

You can question why this thought why not a teeny weeny insight about growing population of mosquitoes and the diminishing power of your trusted mosquito repellent, surely a post when the blabber-er-o-mania strikes again.

Back to plastic ke packets…ever wondered why you save the poly-bags from a Nalli or Fab India or that new jazzy showroom in the posh locality than the packets which make that strange sound of crackling popcorn in a dungeon with ‘Cheap Cloth Store’ printed on them?  Because these poor crackling popcorn are only meant for storing garbage or the last minute grocery shopping.

A thought dawns, why the love for a good poly bag with a biggie’s name printed on it?
1.  Because people who see us carrying these will think “hey these dolts can manage shopping here”
2.  Wow!
3.  Inducing jealousy amongst neighbours [read mrs. malhotras, pinky ki mummy, ritu, geetas and etcs..]
4.  God only knows

The best part is the storing places for these poly bags, they can generally be found
1.  Under your mattress, to save the sparkle
2.  Neatly folded and kept in a bigger poly bag [the crackling ones, oh yes another usage!]

Now amongst these ‘lower middle class polybags’ and ‘upper middle class poly bags’ lies a ‘middle middle class polybag’, viz. Shoppers’ Stop, Westside and you get the flow…the ones which crackles little but carrying them gives a loud message to geetas, ramas etcs…yes madam ji we too go to malls on the weekends!  Hence you will witness a deliberate usage on a Monday, for carrying sabji-bhaji from the sabji wala bhaiya.

Another ‘strata’ is of the fetish for the Duty Free Bags…which are carried wonly and wonly by a certain section called Mrs. Malhotras of this world and meant for a silent scream assi bhi phoren-shoren jande hai!  No matter they got this bag from their innumerous mami jis/mausi jis living in so called phoren-shoren [read, London oh yes! and dubai-shubai],  and have been used to carry those $1 worth of nail paints, the flaunting never ceases, so what after a few months they resemble the crackling ones but till a little blotch of duty free is peaking from here and there; jai ho! to the usage.

Now the flip-side…if your bag belongs to ‘kapoor di hatti’ of dariba kalan and doesn’t crackle but sparkles, chances are they will be used for storing a bag of ‘Kalpana’ of South Extension

So from the next time if you see the various mothers and wives and behens neatly folding a poly-bag and you get a nagging thought in your brain and feel like lashing out the big Q why the heck you spending so much time folding it…you know!



22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. s4ur4bh
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 18:04:59

    Awesome post.

    Great insight @ “1. Because people who see us carrying these will think “hey these dolts can manage shopping”



  2. Nandini
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 22:53:42

    Hehehehe….polybag ki kahani……loved the way you kind of gave them class distinctions (lower class, middle class etc.etc)….Awesome creativity.

    BTW just to let you know – “Kalpana” gives paper bags (not poly) :-((

    Well I too fall in the popular lot who store their polybags (now which am I mothertype, wife type or behen type ?? :-(((( – heeheeheehee)…..but my stored polybags gets used right the next morning…..I use it for turning out the garbage!!!! (Yeah scrimp on buying those black coloured “garbage bag” rolls) ;-))


  3. Kreeti
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 23:25:18

    @Nandini: hee hee Kalpana was just an example to show the gravity of the situation. I feel I have some kinda demented creativity 🙂 Thanks a ton for the motis of wisdom and you definitely ‘my type’ who treats poly-bags as poly-bags 🙂


  4. Sachin
    Mar 24, 2008 @ 23:43:02

    This is a petty (read pati) comment … 😉
    Enjoyed this one princess … keep them coming


  5. Turna
    Mar 25, 2008 @ 12:48:14

    yay..same goes for me mooeeyy (read sistaa)..store all my plastic bags over the cylinder..under the sabzi wala basket…exactly the same way nandini does…cus the sight of those black garbage bags discourages me:((..so there they go the next day!!..crash..trash..no crisp!!:)))


  6. Sabs
    Mar 25, 2008 @ 13:35:25

    Polybag ki kahani …. good attempt!! I guess it comes handy every now and then… so I honestly refrain from keeping my home polybag free


  7. Rohit Khurana
    Mar 25, 2008 @ 14:13:42

    Still cant believe, a TOM BOY turned Grehni can have such a soulful insight… way to go Mitthi…


  8. koushik
    Mar 25, 2008 @ 18:10:54

    thoroughly enjoyed it..girl u got some versatility. mere liye to sabhi saman hai..plastic bags r plastic bags…no matter where they come from..period.. 😀


  9. 2S
    Apr 03, 2008 @ 22:02:16

    Sahi! 🙂

    Mera bas chale tho I will spank the aforementioned housewives for promoting the usage of plastic. It would help if they’re hot.


  10. Kreeti
    Apr 03, 2008 @ 22:05:55

    @2S sir no violence please and especially on women 😉 nahi toh mutiny will rock with narebaazi!! 🙂


  11. Nachiketa
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 10:48:29

    Awesome post…. loved it.

    somehow i gave up polybags long time back… am into paper or cloth bags…. but then still…. the mentality can still be seen…. 🙂


  12. Nachiketa
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 10:56:51

    thanks for your mail. my blog is The Variable


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