THE BUY BACK SCHEME …
Recently the small attachment of my blender broke down, and refused to perform even a minimal task. I had to face the unwelcome chore of repairing it, not to mention the inconvenience to be faced as small household tasks stayed undone. It stayed for nearly a month at the small time repair shops, and after fielding questions like “Is the repair man using it for his own home use?” from my family members, got it back – dismantled totally; and in a worse condition than before!!! The piece in question had been purchased by me just a couple of years before. Hence, I took it to the service centre from where I had initially bought it. The service personnel took one look at the piece and with a bland expression decreed, “Madam, give it and get another one!” Do a “Buy Back”. I was taken aback since it was quite early to do that. Undaunted, I got in touch with the company office who in turn instructed their local branch to do the needful. The technician gave a home visit and also replaced the faulty jar with another one – all for a reasonable price!! I was satisfied since I did not have to change the whole piece, which would have meant shelling out more cash.
Thoughts started whirring in my mind, how easily we slip into the buyback mentality!? We are tempted to give our old pieces, replacing the originals with newer facets and add-ons which guarantee to make our life easier.
Can this be applied to our life? Can we buy back time? Can we give away our earlier days filled with soft, sweet memories and exchange them for brand new crackling ones? Is it possible to take back unjust words and replace them with proper ones…or for that matter, unspoken ones; if uttered they would have changed the course of our life?
Would a mother exchange the precious time with her baby and get a grown up child instead? Take for instance a married couple, how would they feel if someone asked them to do away with their newly-wed euphoric memories and get brand new ones, with the added benefit of grey hair?
However fond we are of our new-age gadgets, we all love to hold on to our erstwhile memories. It is said that human nature stores happy memories. However lucrative the offer may be, no one would like to exchange them; whatever the benefit. Life sometimes becomes easy just reliving our good times.
My new attachment of the old mixer is running all the more efficiently. After keeping the main body intact, with a few minor alterations, things churn out even better!!