I am always critical of things around me and even my own self. I think a hundred times before issuing a cheque to someone – Will that person deposit in time / I hope the cheque is not lost. Many things keep crossing my mind, till I see the cheque realized for its value. I heave a sigh of relief.
Sometimes, I feel its better to pay by cash. When I first became financially independent, at the age of 18, all payments were made in cash. Even withdrawals from banks, were to be done with a Withdrawal challan and not a cheque. The cheque book was the most coveted thing to hold in hand, as it required that you maintain a certain balance in the account. Many people had zero balance accounts then.
I used to carry cash for all the shopping I did, during those carefree days, with my sister. That bulk of notes in my hand, made me all the more powerful in front of everyone. I was so proud to bargain and make my purchases with stylish payment by cash.
The feel of coins in the hand and heavy feeling of the handbag, which was bulging with coins, made me ecstatic.
Such is the power of money in hand and I totally enjoyed that period.
Even now, there are certain payments which I do with cash and I feel thoroughly powerful to do it 😀
Do not get to think that I might be pre-dated to current technology. Yes, I do have my credit / debit cards….whatever that is available with my bank.
The day I got my card, was the day I read about a Dedit card fraud in an ATM, where someone placed a gadget to record the PIN number and cheated the person of a few lakh of rupees. Damn…even before I start swiping my card, look at this news to dissuade me !!! 😦
And then there were many stories, where people got caught in the frenzy of swiping cards and the gundas were threatening them to pay immediately.
All this made me to think !!! The speed at which the Cards dominated the scene in India is in total contrast to the knowledge on how to use those Cards and also there were no Secured modes of transaction for swiping cards.
Today, the scenario has changed, both in terms of Security and the know how of using the Cards.
The skeptical me changed slowly to the ever-swiping me, with the power of cash in hand, in the name of a tiny card 🙂
But there was this part in me, which never accepted to buy anything, without seeing it for real, without feeling the product !!! I just have to buy it in person. Starting from books to cosmetics, clothes to shoes…whatever !!! The fresh pages of the book will actually persuade me to buy the book. Can I have such an experience buying online, was my question !!!
But everything changed on my birthday, two years back, thanks to my wonderful blog friends 🙂 They had sent me a Flipkart voucher, as my Birthday gift !!! OMG, I was absolutely thrilled to do online shopping !!!
So, my first online shopping experience began with Flipkart !!! Then it was only books, but the bookworm in me was way too glad for that 🙂 I chose books just like that, with the click of a mouse, sitting at home, staring out of my window, enjoying an occasional mynah chirping, with the smell of rasam wafting through the house and even attending to phone calls and calling bells !!!
I never thought that buying my favourite books could be so easy, without having to worry for the availability of the book !!! Why, I was not stuck on the terrible traffic jams of the city !!! And there were no parking woes for the dear husband !!! The most important factor was that there were no sales people who irritate me every time, with their rudeness !!!
WOW, I was glad to be shopping online, especially at Flipkart !!!
With just a few clicks and entering the Voucher number, my shopping was done for that day !!! And when the package came in just 2 days, I was elated. They had couriered me much earlier than the specified time. Isn’t that fantastic !!!
And that day, I decided, there is no point in travelling all the way of 20 kms to Landmark or any other good bookstore to get stuff for the ever needy bookworm in me !!!
Flipkart has changed over the years and so have I. I use it as often as I can, even for gadgets too !!!
I read somewhere that shopping increases the mood lifting endorphin. And you can be rest assured to have all those endorphins, sitting at home, in the comforts of your home, browsing and clicking on things you like and need.
So, here is me, raising a toast to Online Shopping !!!