Gujju Bhai coming – Watch Out

Yesterday evening I was in such a circumstance which provoked me to write this post here. In Hyderabad I never interacted with guys from North India. After coming to Singapore I have been interacting with different people from different cultures. My friends here always told me how typical Gujjus are. They told me that a Gujju bhai will always see you as an investment. He would not invest his time, money and emotions in you unless he expects something from you. Yesterday I have seen that a Gujju bhai will never let an investment go waste, even if it is with his friends or colleagues.

One of my colleague “A typical Gujju bhia” who likes using the free Internet, likes drinking free coffee at office etc has bought some stuff at a store and got some free gift coupons. If they were some direct free coupons then I would not be in this situation to write this post. They read, you spend $30 and $10 will be refunded. This gujju didnt like buying which is not necessary and at the same time he wanted to en cash that $10 dollar free coupon. He got a plan in his mind.

2 days before the incident, we both met at the water cooler in the office.

Gujju Bhai (GB): Hey hi ..
I: Hi ..

GB: Yaar I have 3 Fila gift coupons, do you need them? Its $10 discount on every $30 purchase.
I: Thats nice. Sure will take it.

I was not sure what was going to come. Yesterday evening.

GB: Hey, yeh le. These are the 3 coupons.
I: Oh OK, thanks.

He started explaining.
GB: You have to buy $90 worth goods and you will get $30 discount. That means you have spent only $60. You give me $10 that means you spend $70 for $90.
I: Sorry, I didn’t get you.

GB: You have to buy $90 worth goods and you will get $30 discount. That means you have spent only $60. You give me $10 that means you spend $70 for $90.
I: So you mean to say that I have to take these coupons and give you $10.

GB: Yes (Smiling).

I never expected such a deal from someone whom you know for sometime. In anger:

I: OK. First let me go to the store and if I like something and buy something and avail your discount then I shall repay you.

I thought after hearing this he would say OK and then leave. But again he showed his Gujju flair.

GB: Yaar, you have to take a decision very early as these coupons are only till April 1st. If you do not buy before that date then I would be at loss.

I was appalled by this statement and said OK. I am not sure how people can behave this way with some one whom you know for at least sometime. From now on I shall be very apprehensive with all the great Gujju bhais.

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