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Bombay airport [Dec. 3rd, 2005|03:12 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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Returning to India after a gap, it is a bit of a shock to see things that are quintessentially Indian even though I'm fully expecting to see them. Like the number and variety of superfluous jobs. There's a guy whose job description appears to be to pick up the phone and give it to the person who answers the phone. You can't make this up. Then there's another guy whose job is to remind the first guy to pick up the phone if he forgets to do that. Maybe these guys have other jobs, but they weren't doing anything else the whole time I was observing them. There are three people who share the arduous task of picking up passengers' suitcases and placing it on the security screening belt which is right next to it. They all take turns at it, having to recoup after a few minutes of lifting.

Update: Stand back people, we have a winner for the most redundant job ever. There's a guy in a lavatory at the Taj Coromandel pulling paper towels out of the dispenser and handing them to people after they pee.

Then there's the crowds. The internet cafe is full at 3 in the morning.

Stuff seems to have gotten costlier compared to what I remember. A bar of chocolate is a hundred Rupees?!

P.S, anyone wanna meet up/hang out? sunson, any chance you'll be attending the next Ilugc meeting?
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[User Picture]From: haran
2005-12-02 05:48 pm (UTC)
A bar of chocolate is a hundred Rupees?!

Where and what chocolate? I can't imagine chocolate anywhere in the city costing that much! Maybe you bought it at the airport? International Airports seem to think because they are somewhere in the vicinity of people going to other countries, they are justified in charging triple the amount for the same crap you can buy outside.
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-12-04 02:19 am (UTC)
Toblerone, and yes at the airport.
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2005-12-15 09:43 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone coming from the US of A want to get a bar of Toblerone at the airport- sounds real crazy (unless you feel it's cheaper which I think it isn't!:D)
Hey, you could've put in a little more and got Ferrero Rocher, which um, happens to be a fav of mine or some more and had a stopover at Switzerland and gorged on choc all the way home!:D
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