Diwali gifts

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Everyone looks forward to the Diwali Bonus/Gift. I shifted into this building 3 months back and was not sure if I should give Diwali baksheesh… should it be money or gift??? If it is money… how much should it be? Thankfully, the building association gave all the employees baksheesh and they didn’t bother me. I was a little concerned about the laundry guy and the Bai. They are my crutches… pissing them off would not do. I gave the Bai 100 bucks (which is 14% of her monthly salary) but she was unhappy and asked me for more. Fortunately, those were the last 100 bucks in my wallet. Today… she demanded Diwali Mithai very diplomatically… “My kids were asking… hasn’t madam given you mithais???” I mumbled; “Well… I didn’t know you wanted Mithai… I don’t have time now”… The laundry guy also demanded Diwali money and I put it off for another day. Mithai or money??? I still have to decide.

In case you think I am a heartless bitch (which I am)… I treat my Bai quite well… I have already given her loads of old clothes… she collects old newspapers from me every 15 days… I help her clean on Sundays…
Come to think of it… she has become very dedicated since Diwali… she does more than her job profile demands… which is scary. Is she trying to make me feel guilty??? It is weird the amount of control she exerts on my life.
Anyway… coming to my Diwali gift… I miss the old days when companies gave a bonus. My previous company gave us useful stuff like… microwave… DVD player. Everyone… from top management to the bottom guys received the same gift. My new company has given me 15 free products… good ones… very good ones. Thank god.. my previous company didn’t do that… cartons of confectionery would make a very pathetic gift and lower morale+motivation.
The cupboard of my dressing table is stuffed… it is full of toiletries… some I bought in the staff sale and others I got as Diwali gifts… I have 6 bottles of Shampoo, 5 conditioners, 3 serums, 2 hair sprays, 2 eye roll ons, 1 age lift roll on, 4 face washes, 4 face moisturisers, 4 deos… sigh!!! I am stocked up for aeons… And all this… after I gifted Shampoo bottles and make up to my friends…


3 thoughts on “Diwali gifts

  1. Lol… reminds me how you would be stocked with soooo many toiletries in TAPMI…
    Yeah… everyone who comes to my door has asked for baksheesh… I will have to lock myself in during festivals in Mumbai…

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