So when I got a call the next day I visited a mall in Chennai that I have landed the first prize of the lucky draw of the previous day I was pleasantly surprised ,
I now remembered the persisting request for my phone number and name by one teenager in the mall and I had given it to her with a giggle !
and now this !!
ME : what is the prize ?
Sir there are three prizes !!
ME : Oh three
Yes three big prizes !
one is you and three more from your family can stay free ....freee in a five star hotel within period of one year in Singapore ,Malaysia or Bali !!
which place would you like sir ?
ME : Malaysia I have gone a couple of times ,Singapore too maybe Bali yes Bali
Ok Sir Bali !!for you ,,now 2nd prize
( unbelievable guys !)
One day in a resort near Chennai for a family of four !
ME : Oooo how did you know we are a family of four ?
well its all your luck sir you radiate it !
and finally one big huge bundle of kitchen appliances for your wife
ME : Oh really and when do I collect all this ?
Tomorrow sir tomorrow
ME : hey wait where is the catch ,don't think of me as naïve you should have some strings attached !
No sir this is a lucky dip you won,so come and collect it with your wife .
ME : What ?
Come and collect with your wife Sir
ME : oh but wife not here she is abroad !she cant come even for all this now
But sir our rules are strict prize can be handed over only for a couple .
ME :Now what do I do for a wife !
Well sir you should answer that !
ME: I can bring her alive in Skype and as she smiles you hand over the goodies what do you say ?
Sorry sir we need a wife in person note a Virtual Wife !
This girl was getting difficult ,other than getting an actress to act as my wife I couldn't think of anything
second marriage for such a cause though tempting would be disastrous legally morally and for the future as murder and mayhem would result from my present one !
of course I had some suggestions from some well wishers wont tell from whom
one was to request a single cousin to don the role ,well repercussions and Facebook images frightened me into vetoing this
another came from my dear wife who was consulted by me
you get our maid and husband to receive it and transfer to you !
ME : what if they don't transfer ...?
man with greed becomes foolish
so I called back
ME : look can I ask maid and husband a 60.. 65 couple to collect it for me
oh no sir you should come with a female companion strange now the word wife was gone !
ME : oh look you people are playing the fool I can only come alone you want you give or else don't waste my time
this did the job
Hari at his angry man best ....... Amitabh Bachan would have flushed
Yes sir in your case we can consider as special please come at 10 am tomorrow to spencer plaza for the briefing and the prize
ME : Breefing ? what briefing you said no strings attached
No no sir it is not conditional but we hope you will go through it and then collect the prizes
ME :ok will come
Next day at 10 am I walked in looking every inch as the first prize winner
I was stunned to be taken into a hall full of small tables with several couples dressed in their best !
ME : All prize winners ?
Yes sir with wives !
ME :Oh she pointed to my deficiency subtly
I was made to sit in a table and another very sweet little thing sat in front of me
how are you sir I am S..... ........are you comfortable with me ?
well strange question to a single guy well not truly single I meant singular !
Sir are you comfortable with me ?
I looked around the choices weren't better looking so I replied of course among the lot good you are good
Sir shall we begin ?
ME : What !!!!
Sir shall I begin
ME : what again ?
Sir our briefing
ME : oh your briefing please do
Sir we are a time share resort business
Ah ha here it comes
ME : look you people told me no strings attached I already own a a time share resort membership since the time you were in kindergarten ( I bit my tongue after that sentence cant denigrate oneself you see )
so don't you try to sell me one give me my prize and let me get going
haha a man of few words
Of course sir we just want to tell you that's why we ask for wives because if husbands hesitate to take they convince them to take it
ME : well in my case Iam more easier to be convinced than my wife specially by you ..naughty
My job is to convince you sir
ME :go ahead
Sir now our manager will give you the financial details of the scheme
suddenly there was loud clapping as one of the couples succumbed to the glib talk and bit the bait
Sir did you hear that
This from a moron with a moustache who now sat in front of me !!
where did she go what an apparition !
ME :well who are you ?
Sir the manager
ME : oh
Sir did you wonder about the clap ?
at that time one more clap and congrats chorus
See sir again and again and again these are lucky couples who have become part of our time share you are lucky to be invited as single Iam sure you will join them shortly !
ME : well being single why should I join the other couples ? what are you suggesting ?
moustache was slightly confused
No no I meant joining the time share along with the other couples !
ME : I have to think
please don't sir
ME : well you are asking me not to think is it !
No sir generally wives do the thinking husbands sign cheques and as you are alone you can do it
ME : well my dear moustaschio Iam the thinking husband can you give the goddam prize I shall think about your resort and let you know !!!!
This time it was a furious Hari
cue taken form Mohanlal Malayalee superstar who in one his hit films says to the local corrupt police officer
hey,,,,,,you mouse ... I wont threaten you like lousy politicians about you losing your cap I will slice your head off !
that did it
He called for the prize
A small cover with a promise of a weeks stay with discount in hotels when rooms available
a days off time in their club off Chennai
and a tiny packet of serving discs
Bye sir nice meeting you
so much for my First Lucky prize