Hickory Dickory Dock.
A shopping-mall full of shock!!
Yesterday around noon a friend of mine came over at my place. He wanted to do some shopping. Specifically, he was looking to buy some kurtas and stuff for the Eid. I had already shopped a couple of days back, so I wasn’t as thrilled. However, as he had already arrived at my place I decided to accompany him on his shopping venture. There wasnt really a need for me to go, but then who would want not to cherish from my friendly and charming company.. eh??!! Besides it has been quite some days since I last hung around with the friend.
Chapter 1: The hot day…
As soon as we left the premises of my home and the luxury of an air-conditioned room; the hotness and the warmth in the air outside hugged us from all the four sides. It was quite a hot day. To top that we were fasting so that meant no water for us till the sun sets. Not so unlikely my thought immediately diverted to the Kurta that I had bought a couple of days back (ofcourse to wear it on Eid). I was wondering exactly how in the world would I wear that Kurta if the Eid day is equally hot.!!
A good thought-provoking idea came abruptly in my fragile little mind. This Eid, how about I shine in my casual sweat-pants and a jersey!! Un-jokingly, maybe I would if the Kurta starts to sweat me down.
Chapter 2: A guy’s shopping
Grazing on various thoughts and having swift brief conversations, we managed to reach the shopping area. It didnt take us long to fix our eyes and interest over a delicately beautiful piece of Kurta in a designer’s shop. Although my friend had something different in mind, but at times when something you see turns out quite attractive and catchy, you rather think about changing your mind unless you’re obssessed or arrogant!
So, he bought it and the blood-draining job of "shopping" was technically over. Thankfully, we didnt had any ‘female of the kind’ with us or else one could very well imagine why I ever mentioned the phrase "blood-draining". It’s wierd. Really, it’s very wierd! Just seeing how a beautiful sweet cute girl (or girls for that matter) would transition towards ‘horrifying gothical images’ when shopping. You’ll either agree with me or will definitely ask why:
- First it’s the 500-million-dollars decision just to pick a particular item from its varieties
- Then it goes under a review and discussion phase
- If it does prove to be worthy of the delicacy - the price bargain starts
- And.. through all these phases if at any instance her sight catches any other item (or object) of interest — the process re-starts.
Although, later that day I did come to realize that there are some sui generis girls – who do get tired during shopping!
As the Eid festival gets nearer day by day, the city has got immensely flooded by clusters of people! It’s like a gala time here. A typical karachiite might take it as a normale. But there is, indeed, a considerable increase in the trend for Eid preparations. Maybe it is because people opt-ed for a comparatively humble Eid last year – due to the Earth Quake tragedy. Perhaps this year people are now covering up for that!
Chapter 3: The eat-out experience
Anyhow, back to my story. Our shopping was over. We went over to a food court and got overselves comfortably seated. There was still an hour to go for iftaar. Oh, for our case, it was 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The court was relatively peaceful. One could have dozed off after such a "tiring" day. But sooner the contrasting sequel began. It was just after a couple of minutes that the place was bustling with a despicable crowd!! The sweet peaceful atmosphere switched to a "SNATCH-FEST".
It was time to open the fast. Not for us though. We still had 10 more minutes to go. We were just observing the alluring behavior of the crowd. Literally speaking, there was no place to sit or even place their food. People were eating food while standing. In these circumstances, it is always thrilling to observe the unique ideas people bring in, to fit in the given situation! Simply un-imaginable, people are so ingenious! Thankfully we had reached the court 10 minutes before and remained firmly glued to our seats, otherwise we would also have been the ones to experience "eating-slash-standing" phenomenon.
At last we ate. And then we left. That was the end of a peaceful shopping experience. I reached my home only to rush in for a shower and a nap. There is no doubt I had a fun-day! Peace all over again!