I have been noting this from a while but in the recent times it has become too obvious. Twitter played a key role in making me conscious about this weird phenomenon. Nah, it isn’t about social networking, but about me.
In the past two months I have participated in quite a number of contests. Few on the blog but majorly on Twitter. In some of the cases the top prize was an i-phone, i-pad, CoolPix cameras and other items of that order. Some even had international holidays as their top prizes. I was tempted to participate and I did quite OK. Nothing unusual about it.
Now the unusual part begins. While waiting for the results, my mind often analyses the prizes as, at present Pari is too young to travel to Paris or Melbourne or to the Dubai shopping festival. Besides I am in no mood to spend money on shopping overseas, mainly cause I hardly have that kind of money. So it’s OK if I don’t get the first prize.
Next in line are the iPhone, i-pad, etc. well who needs that extra bit of technology when I’ve got a laptop and then I never ever use internet on phone. I got a basic phone so why get something that’ll stay boxed as a priced jewel in some corner of my closet? OK so that prize also not keenly wanted. What’s left? you ask. The shopping vouchers of Flipkart, Baskin Robins, Snapdeal, etc. Well they excite me to no limits for then I can buy loads of books & toys for Pari using those.
If you are wondering what’s the harm in this kind of thought process, let me share the bitter truth. The foolish me is getting excited about shopping vouchers worth 500INR to 1k INR but not wanting to get hold of something much valuable for which people are sending multiple entries, tweeting hundreds of tweets just to win those sassy gadgets.
Bottom-line is either I am slowly attaining nirvana by becoming a sanyasini. Oh no I am even wearing an orange dress today. The only other possibility, which I think is the bitter truth that I am loosing my mind and sense of what’s good and useful at a speed with which gravity attracts us when we jump for sky-diving without opening a parachute.
The song on my mind: Ye kya hua ~ Amar Prem