Sunday, July 24, 2005

Cigarettes, and the Art of Persuasion

Sometimes, if I’m very tired (or just plain lazy) I take a bus home from the station instead of walking. There’s only one stop before my stop. Mostly school kids get on at this stop. One time as I’d just settled into my seat, the bus stopped at the school stop. Suddenly children of all shapes and sizes came rushing into the bus, from both the entry and exit doors! It was like a swarm of flies! It may sound silly, but I was actually frightened! All these children swarming into the bus, shouting and screaming! I probably was just too tired that day, and my senses must have been shaken (not stirred! I couldn’t resist it!!) by the brats, but I’ll never forget this!
Another incident happened only a few days ago. I was once more going home by bus, and as it stopped at the various stops, the bus driver was waving out to the people standing at the bus stops! They were obviously regulars. This scene amused me thoroughly!
While walking home (for a change!) one day, this is what I saw painted on the side of a bus: Asthma, Cancer, and TB… FREE! With every cigarette.
No one could have said it better! I think the most stupid people in the world are those who smoke. They know that smoking is bad for their health; it leads to cancer, and other diseases, yet they persist in smoking. It is hard to give up, as most addictions are, but come on! It’s your life! It’s like you are committing suicide second by second, killing yourself slowly! And to those people who say that they don’t smoke “that often” and can give it up anytime they want; I’ve one thing to say, “Whom are you trying to kid??”
A cousin of mine said this very same thing to me; I was flabbergasted! How dumb do you have to be to actually believe that?! He leads a very healthy lifestyle otherwise; he eats right, he’s crazy about adventure sports, has been to two mountaineering schools; yet he has made the very unhealthy choice of smoking! I just don’t get this! I mean you can’t just blame peer pressure for taking up smoking. Who needs friends who want to destroy not only theirs but also your life? Wizen up people, before it’s too late!
And now let us move on to a much lighter topic. A few days back as I was traveling in the local train to college, there was this great saleswoman in the compartment I was in! She was selling saris and dress materials. A Parsi lady bought quite a few things from her. Later she fished out a dress material, which was bright purple with orangish-yellow stitched on flowers, on which were sprinkled a liberal amount of glitter beads! I made a grimace and thought, “Yuck! Who would ever buy that?!”
The woman then made her sales pitch to the entire compartment, “This is Bunty aur Babli salwar kameez, made famous by Rani Mukherjee!” Then she pounced on an unsuspecting woman standing by the door and said very dramatically, “Aap yeh pehenegi to aap ko bhi aapka Bunty mil jayega!” much to the amusement of the rest of us! And after a bit of haggling, the woman actually bought this Bunty aur Babli creation that I wouldn’t be caught dead in! Just goes to show that if your sales pitch is right, as the saying goes, you can sell a fridge to the Eskimos!

14 comments:

nin said...

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nin said...
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johanna said...

it's funny how much effort some people can put in to not minding there own buissnes. if you are smart enough not to smoke, congratiolations! but what is it to you if other people make diffrent choises?

Manish said...
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Manish said...

Ha ha ha ha
I thoroughly enjoyed incident related to that saleswoman! nice way to promote her sales :)

I hate cigarette smokers not only becoz the harm they cause to themself but more so becoz they spread the poison in form of smoke all around!

PuNeEt said...

hi... very nice post...
The ways sales person sell in local trains is awesome...
I had a good laugh reading it...

Phoenix Rises said...

Johanna, if my cousin or any good friend of mine decides to make stupid choices like smoking, then it does indeed become my business! Instead of feeling, "oh! I'm so smart, I don't smoke!" I'd rather be proactive and speak out against this sick choice. And as Manish says, it's unhealthy for the people around too.

Hey Manish and Puneet! Thanks! I myself had a good chuckle watching the saleswoman in action!

goodwill hunting said...

i beg to differ from the other comments in this post ..reason ??i'm a smoker myself .not yet an addict (that's what people say) ..but ya the frequency of smoking keps changing ..it has adverse effects i know,but then do u think that all those millions of people around the world are fools that they smoke??it definitely has something in it....for me, its a good time pass as well as a stress reliver ...i dont mind if it reduces 10 yrs of my life ...i'd die at 70 rather than reaching 80 ...who cares??

anyways, thanks for dropping by my blog ..

Manish said...

Goodwill Hunter
I agree with u when u say its ur life and as a mature adult u r the one who shd decide what is good for u or not !
My pt was that their r smokers: a large no of them who smoke in public places and it is these fellows who shd understand that their pleasure shd not hinder pleasure of those in vicinity.

goodwill hunting said...

@manish.

fine man .agree with u ...smokers should understand that they are causing passive smoking ...i try to avoid public places as much as possible ...usually smoke at smoking spots or in my room ...

what i feel is that if u r not comfortable with someone smoking, just tell him frankly to stop it .no point tolerating the smoke unneccessarily ...

Arz000n said...

All these children swarming into the bus, shouting and screaming! Yes I've witnessed this to when I used to travel by BEST, usually during office hours. Nothing can be done anyway...I think school needs to educate them properly.

Smoking...hmmm...You can check out this postif you get time.

Bollywood sure does affects peoples life style. I remember my bro getting Salman Khan's hair cut from the movie Tere Naam. When I visited home on one weekend, I said, I dont want to see this next time I come back. Bunty n Babli Sareee...hehehe...

Greetz!!

Phoenix Rises said...

If dying a painful death seems like fun, then go ahead and smoke! Of course, you don't need anybody's permission to do so.
I do think that people who smoke are fools, and that's all I'm gonna say on this topic!

The man in the box said...

Unfortunately smoking and logic dont seem to go together. You try to persuade your friends into quitting but they seem to come up with all these fundaes about life and its meaning and that it is better to enjoy smoking and die young rather than to cling on to life without any reason for 70 odd years.

Just cannot reach out to them!

Phoenix Rises said...

TMTB, you are so right! The various comments this post has brought on just proves it! At least someone agrees with my point of view!