By Somali K Chakrabarti
The Extra Tomato
‘Sitabai’, a vegetable seller was a regular at our house in Mumbai. Every morning at around 11 AM, she would come, carrying over her head, her basket of fresh vegetables. She went from door to door selling vegetables in all buildings in our housing society. Sitabai never budged on prices, so there was not much point in haggling over prices with her.
She would ring the doorbell each morning. We helped her to put down her basket and she would sit on the floor near the steps. My daughter, then a little girl, less than two years of age, would watch the whole proceedings with a lot of interest, and one day while we were selecting vegatables from Sitabai’s basket, she picked up a bright red tomato. Sitabai happily let her take the tomato and gave her another one. When we offered to pay the price for the two tomatoes, Sitabai refused to take it.
The extra tomato was a huge treat for the little one. Sitabai had gained an ardent admirer. Every day, my daughter looked forward to her visit, and leaving aside all other activities, she would appear in front of Sitabai, adorning a charming smile on her face to claim her extra tomato.
This continued for the entire duration of our stay in that house for a year and a half, till we moved out.
It has been more than 15 years, Sitabai still remains in our memory for the little extra that we got from her.
We Indians love to get a little extra. Maybe it is ingrained in our culture or in our genes.
In Mumbai, we love to order ‘cutting chai’; though the word refers to half a glass of tea, but in actual, you’ll find the glass to be 60-70 % filled, which is more than 50 % as suggested by the name. Again, the little extra makes it more fulfilling to go for ‘cutting chai’, a couple of times in a day than to have a full glass of tea.
We like our vada pav with a little more chutney and our pizza with extra cheese. We take it as our right to claim an extra dry paanipuri at the end when we line up to have paanipuri.
Our moms and aunts like to shower their affection by serving paranthas with an extra dollop of butter or by adding an extra sweet in our meal.
Song and Dance – The Extra Add-on in Indian cinema
We love our cinema with a little extra dose of emotions, colours, sounds, drama, songs and dance. The riot of colours, melodies, props and dancing styles in the song and dance sequences are the extra add-ons that make our movies so special for us. We find the movies that give us the extra dose of fun to be Total ‘Paisa Vasool‘ !
Our love for getting a little extra, results in the quest of scientist and engineers to design and develop products that give us some extra value for the money spent. A case in point is the successful Mars Mission, launched by the Indian space scientists, using home-grown technology, at a shoestring budget.
When we travel, we always like to carry a little extra baggage, so that we are well equipped at all points of time during our travel. We also like to accompany our loved ones to the station or the airport, to see them off so that we can be with them for a little more time. 🙂
Lufthansa’s premium economy class, also offers you something extra to look forward to.
It is an an upgraded economy class that allows:
- Free baggage upto 2 X 50 lbs. That is twice the permitted free checked in baggage allowance than in Economy Class.
- Extra space to stretch out your legs and put your feet up.
- A drink holder in the arm rest, so that you can have your drink always at hand.
- A sleep mask to help you get to sleep, a moist towel wipe and a tooth brush to freshen you up.
- A fold-able sturdy table that can transform your seat into your office.
- A socket and USB port to give you more power for work.
- A little extra entertainment with a big screen, movies and loads of games to keep you entertained on long haul flights.
With Lufthansa Premium Economy
You stay in- flight
As fresh as Dew,
And find that Extra Value
To always be the
Non Stop You !
Doesn’t that sound like a ‘Paisa Vasool’ flight experience with #LufthansaPremiumEconomy ?
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