(Quite apt for this post, by coincidence only)
I've been more in Baroda since the last six months, than I've been in eight years. And, I was discussing with some friend(s) about how things have changed, and for the better, and how nice it is to see these changes.
(This represents 3-4 tete-a-tetes):
Me: It's amazing- broadband speed has gone up like anything. I'm using Tata Photon Plus, and it's superfast.
Him: Oh, you just wait and see- as the number of people goes up, the speed will begin going down and will be just like dial up and you won't be able to load even yahoo with ease.
Me: Isn't the VMSS(Vadodara Municipal Seva Sadan) doing a great job with the roads? I find them so much better than they've ever been in the past- less bumps, wider and faster traffic movement.
Him: Oh-just wait- one heavy vehicle passed over them and they crumble. And, after the first rains, you'll see only potholes.
Me: It's so good- MGVCL(Electricity Dept)'s coming now ensures very few power cuts and it's much easier to pay electricity bills
Him: You think so? Did you see the heavy charges they slap per unit?
(I don't really see too much difference, frankly- if your 1500 Rs bill goes up by a few bucks, I'd say it's more because of continuous availability of electricity than just the rate per unit going up, huh?)
Me: The market's really opened- now, you don't really need to get anything from abroad-it's available here. Chocolates, for example- in any grocery store, even. And, the prices are also not bad.
Him: Do you ever see the expiry dates on these things like biscuits and chocolates? They sell them cheap because the expiry date has already passed.
(Now, since I'm very meticulous about checking the expiry date as well as the nutrition content of any product, I know it's not so. But, I didn't say anything, since I knew it'd lead to more gloomy thoughts)
And, there, I ended the conversations, at one of the above topics or the other. Don't you love such 'cheerful' people? They'd even make a rose feel that it's guilty of spreading a good fragrance all around. (Note:Pun intended- for the flower rose as well as for people who're like roses and spread their fragrance by their positivity everywhere, like you wonderful bloggers on your blogs...thank you!)
Does this pic convey some of the above discussions aptly? hahaha.
-------Joke of the day:
To impress his date, the young man took her to a very chic Italian restaurant. After sipping some fine wine, he picked up the menu and studied it with an appraising eye. “We’ll have the Giuseppe Spomdalucci,” he said finally.“Sorry, sir,” said the waiter. “That’s the owner.”