Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How Much is Too Much!??

Everytime I eat out,like in a restaurant,mostly always a question arises after the payment is done...."How much TIP is to be left??"

The answer to this varies according to the person I am with...some say it depends on the change that comes back,some decide according to the "poshness" of the place,some according to the service(they might not leave any tip at all,if not happy).Then there are others who calculate some percent of the bill amount and leave that as tip while some see whether the service tax has been deducted...if yes...then no question of leaving a tip....!!!

I fall into the category which does any of the above according to the mood....but would like to know how much is the TIP really supposed to be??

There is also another question...which many of us...if not all of us have countered at some point or other...which is whether to just forget about the pending change or make sure you get it back...especially in buses or food joints where there is self-service.So many times the person at the counter or the conductor says...take the change later..and then conveniently forgets or your stop comes before he gets back....so how much is the amount which can be just left??

That also reminds me of a (quite funny and amusing)incident which happened a few days back...

I had gone to the McDonald's near my office for a snack with a colleague.While I took up the task of finding a place to sit,my colleague went to buy the burger.On coming back,my colleague asked me to remind that the person at counter had returned a rupee less and asked to come back for it after eating...I said nothing...not at all intending to remind that!!

But,needless to say,my colleague never forgot the rupee and went ahead and asked for change....the girl at the counter,on being asked for change...asked.."how much??"On being said,"one rupee",she looked around...asked other employees for a rupee...and there was a lot of activity behind the counter...with all of them searching for that rupee that had to be returned...after a minute or so....she came back with a coin and said"Sorry,we couldn't find one rupee...take this 2-rupee coin...and you can keep the change!!"

Well,I have avoided going to that place since then...but keep thinking,was my colleague right or wrong in wanting the amount back???

P.S:need to mention that the particular colleague is not at all in a financial crunch or anything like that!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The "Biz" World....

Disclaimer-Though I mention him/he/man etc…I don`t mean to be unfair. I am referring to both man and woman here...just that it is a big pain to mention he/she, him/her,man/woman...everywhere....so,bear with me:-):-)

I think man is a born businessman. As soon as he is born he starts crying for attention and when the doctor gives him a blanket for free…he stops crying.

As the kid grows old…his business instincts only improve. When the kid is only three years old he learns that the bigger the toy the more its cost. At four, he learns that the most economical buy with a one rupee coin is “Boomer.” It gives you pleasure for three hours (if you don`t take into account the wrapping it in paper and chewing it again, act) as against an Eclairs which melts in your mouth before you have said, “Mama, I bought an Eclairs.”

When in first standard he learns to bargain with the teacher: “Madam, will you make me the class-monitor if I stay quite?” The less ambitious settle for benefits like rubbing the boards clean, carrying the note books to the staff room…and not being questioned in class.

I think it begins by class six….bargaining with the classmates... “Ok, I will let you take my geometry box…what do I get in return?”
“You know in our school we can borrow only one book every fortnight. I can borrow my quota of Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew and give it to you. What say?”

When in ninth standard, he starts bargaining with the bus wala. “Uncle, I did not bring any money today. Can I buy the tickets tomorrow?”
The unsuspecting conductor is more than welcome to help a student willing to study and for the whole of next week this kid avoids that particluar number bus.

By the time he reached the 12th grade…he has become an expert in Economics. The stupid-rich guy takes the intelligent-poor guy all over the city in his Mercedes. In turn, the intelligent-poor guy helps him out inside the examination hall.

The street-smart kids take these lessons in Economics to college. The not so smart – well....actually study to land a high paying job!;)

At the point of life I am in,I can analyse only upto this stage!!But I guess the later stages can be predicted(though they may not be bang on target!)......

After college, it is work…and after work …parents ensure that it is marriage. In marriage…most of us make a lot of money because economic sense prevails.

After marriage, life takes a twisted turn towards Economics. Every move of his has to be watched…if not by him…his wife. Or vice-versa.....but the business,just goes on!!


P.S:The inspiration for this blog comes from my neighbour's (I guess)3-year-old kid.I am sure you have realised what he was doing!!