My maid who usually loves to eye my old things once a new one arrives is a changed person now! I pensioned off my old mixi after I bought a new food processor ...but to my amazement she never cast a second glance at the old one.. "Why did you buy one ,amma? had you waited for 3 weeks ,the govt would have given you one "she said. Whoever comes next ,she is confident of getting a spanking new mixi,grinder,fan etc in addition to her TV . My driver is already enquiring about the price of my husband's laptop "If my son crosses 10th std,then he will get a laptop...I am crosschecking the rates...my pawn broker quoted a much lesser rate...Maybe they shoud have a Scooter as another option!"he feels... No money for voting..." screams the TV...but my sabziwallah is happy that he already got money from all the concerned parties few months earlier itself during the leaders birthdays along with sari/dhothis,biriyani and stainless steel vessels... "Will also get a washing machine-but will it be fully automatic?"asks my ironwalli... "Four goats are assured...so is my bountiful supply of homemade biriyani" thats my flat watchman ... "They are gonna get money+gold for getting a girl child-so they are going to scan and ensure it is a girl!" quips my neighbor as she glances at a pregnant pedestrian. I see a man sleeping under a bus shelter ...what is he dreaming of? More freebies from whoever comes to power? What next? Fridges...A/Cs...Ipads... holidays in hill resorts??? Isnt this list of freebies announced in the election manifestoes -the official vote price ?Who cares????????