What's the best way to spend Rupees 48? What's the worth of 48 Rupees?
Well, I can't buy a New York Times with that money today. But sometime back, during our college days (yeah right... those days!) it could buy us everything. Everything we wanted, that is!
Imagine this. You hop on a Maharashtra State Transport Bus, the awesome red colored monster with Dolby stereo sound effects under your seat, pay a grand total of 2 Indian Rupees to the dead-stone-faced conductor who was least interested in anything life has to offer. You get down at the college town's "downtown", and head straight towards a shady Bar & Restaurant called Golden; and there's nothing 'golden' about it. You order a Hayward's 2000 and Masala Baigan plate with Tandoori Roti; trying to see the face of the waiter through the fog of cigarette smoke and then you ignite that ultimate Cigarette man ever made - Gold Flake. What a killer combination!
Masala Baigan, Haywards2000 and Gold Flake. Try to top that, and you get a free ticket to Vegas.
I have to tell you this. There's no cigarette like Gold Flake. None. It's the epitome of cigarette-ness; if there ever was. It's ITC's gift to mankind.
And then add to that, the absolutely shoddy and cheap beer called Hayward 2000 and you are "Golden".
So if I have to paraphrase this whole thing...
Bus ride to city square and back - 4 Rupees.
One Hayward 2000 - 32 Rupees
One Baigan Masala plate - 8 Rupees
Tandoori Rotis - 4 Rupees
The memory of all this; a decade too late : Priceless
What can I say; visiting Jannat cost us just 48 Indian rupees. End to End.
[P.S: I quit smoking few years back.]