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That’s Grocery Shopping Now....

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by AkilaMani, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. AkilaMani

    AkilaMani Local Champion Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    I was just putting the last item into my shopping cart when I thought aloud, “I need to pick up the baby shampoo.” My five-year-old turned around and said “amma, that will be in Basement 2 and we are in the fourth floor.” Well, that’s grocery shopping for you now, a thing most of us do every month. I thought, I would have never remembered a thing like that when I was five, but then I had not seen a multi-storied supermarket until I was 20.

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chennai where life was too simple, where my mom made a grocery list on the first of every month. Always the first item on the list would be turmeric powder or agarbathi as she said that the first item must be “mangalagaramaanathu.” She would only list out items that will not be available in the Air Force ration and Canteen, “it is much cheaper there and you can go with appa next week” she would say. I used to be so overjoyed if it was my turn to go, because then I would get to choose my soap, Liril, my brothers would always get Hammam or Lifebuoy. I would fantasize becoming as beautiful as the Liril girl I saw on TV. Well, that was then, a fantasy.

    The next stage of the grocery shopping was to take the list to the grocer. My younger brother and I would go to our grocer, a small grocery shop called the “Ravi Provisions” run by a small dark man called Ravi, Ravi anna to us. Getting Ravi anna’s attention was all about various handsignals and chanting “anna, anna.... we came here first” while he served yet another person. That’s were our family pet dog, Jerry, came in handy. We would take him to the shop with us. He was a real attention getter. The moment he entered the shop, everyone would move and make room for us; yes, he was quite big. Ravi anna liked Jerry a lot and would always give him a treat, a “porrai”. He was not scared of Jerry, but the others in the shop were, and they would insist that we were served first. Isn’t that cool!!!

    After giving the list and getting a few things that my mom would have underlined as urgent, we would head home with a great sense of accomplishments. A day or two later, Ravi anna would ride down to our house on his cycle bring the grocery packed in a cardboard box. My mom would sit in the hall checking the list while Ravi anna took out the grocery from the box. Once done, my mom would pay the bill, and Ravi anna would show the latest rage, Haldiram’s sonpapadi, and say “you don’t have to go to the sweet stall at all akka, now you can buy sweets from my shop itself.” With us begging for it, mom would reluctantly agree to buy it.

    Thinking of all this, I heaved a sigh, and said to my daughter, “ok, come darling, let’s go down and get the baby shampoo” and she promptly replied, “appa is down at Basement 1 amma, call him on the cell, he can get it and also remind him to pick up the bedtime lotion.” Well that’s grocery shopping for you now.
     
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  2. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    Akila,

    Shopping these days is incomplete without taking the kids isn't it. DS when he was 4 used to pick up everything he wanted and load the trolley, me or dh will unload it without his knowledge..hmm today i cannot do that without his noticing it..gone are the days..today he 11+.

    I still give my provision list to the local provision store and the boy brings it and reads out and I cross check the list everymonth...Go into the supermarkets only if it is not available with the store...
     
  3. AkilaMani

    AkilaMani Local Champion Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Shanvy,
    Having the grocer deliver the provision and cross checking once a month is a ritual my mom still does with the at most care.... as if he is going to cheat after serving us for more that 20 years.... but I enjoy watching her do this whenever I visit her. she would make the maid clean all the stainless steel tins a day before, sun dry them, and keep them ready when the provision is delivered.

    I am glad you also get ur provision delivered at home....
     
  4. sangvidu

    sangvidu New IL'ite

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    Hi Akila, We too enjoy watching our little kid of 3 years when she keeps putting all chocolates and biscuits and fills the trolley as if it was her own shop !Like Shanthi told, we quitely unload it when her attention is elsewhere.. We too have a provision store where we give our monthly list.. and when we just need, we go to a shopping mall. Its good to always check the goods infront of the person than blame later..Your mother is very correct in doing so.
    regards, vidhya
     
  5. S Priya

    S Priya Senior IL'ite

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    Hi Akila,

    Ur daughter is too smart, so sweet of her to think so fast, and what my kid wants would be right in her hand or in the basket which she would keep draging the whole store, i give the grocery list to my dh he does it for me,(only half would be done).
     
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    Grocery shopping reminds me of the umpteen number of trips I had made as a little girl to the provision store. it was a small town and all were familiar with each other. Now as i think about it it all seems to be very pleasant.
     
  7. AkilaMani

    AkilaMani Local Champion Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi vidhya,
    Yes, watching our little ones load the trolley with all their favorites is really a joy... but once back home, my elder one, then barely over 2 would immediately ask "where r the chocolates??? did you take them out?" I had to leave at least one or two of her chocolates to keep her from throwing a tantrum!!!

     
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    AkilaMani Local Champion Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Priya,
    Both my children drag things that they want.... but the elder one knows by now that she may not be able take it home.... but the younger one has to persuade to drop the toy before we stand in the billing counter... and sometimes we have to trick her by saying that the toy needs to be billed and has to be given to the billing uncle, and signal the cashier to hide the toy!!!

     
  9. AkilaMani

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    Hi chitra,
    thanks for your fb....
    glad to know that you also enjoyed running up to the provision store just like me.... and yes, it used to be so refreshing to nod hello to people we know along the way....

     
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    Thts a nice one Akila. Even today my parents buy provision from the local grocery store only and crosscheck whether all the items have been delivered properly. I remember when i was small they also give a pack of groundnut burfi as a gift for the provisions :)
     

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