Thursday, July 07, 2011

Crazy Cabmate - True Story #7


If you're an out-of-towner, finding a place to live in Mumbai can be extremely difficult (and expensive).

Most neighborhoods don't want bachelors, spinsters, young couples, etc. And to top it all off, there's the ruthless brokers who are out to rip you off.

As I tried to make sense of all this madness, my cabmate tried to reassure me with his insightful words:

Cabmate: "You know, actually, all this is not such a big deal"

Me: "Eh?"

Cabmate: "When I was newly married and new to Mumbai, I stayed at a 5-star hotel for 45 days"

Me: "WOW! On Company Expense?"

Cabmate: "Yes: :) :) :)" (Grinning ear to ear, extremely proud of his 'achievement')

Me: "What's your point?"

Cabmate: "Once we found a flat, we didn't really buy much stuff"

Me: "Well, you need the basic stuff, you know...."

Cabmate: "Ya. Some people were moving out of the city and we bought their second hand stuff. Fridge for 2,000 INR. Washing Machine for 2,000 INR. And we didn't buy beds. We only bought a mattress"

Me: "Eh?"

Cabmate: "We bought a bed only once we conceived our child :)"

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