This is boon time for online shoppers, with a fierce battle (check out the Lok Sabha for visuals) underway for selling items at a discount. There are a wide range of objects on sale, some exclusive to a particular site, leading to cries of “arre sale”, but this year-end stock clearance offers the best chance to pick up some great deals. Some examples:
Bamboo: Not an item normally found on online sites, but ever since Mamata Banerjee showed us its myriad uses, complete with crude hand gestures, the bamboo has become a hot item. Coming from a Chief Minister, the endorsement of bamboo-up-the-backside therapy was clearly a case of lowering standards and bamboozled everyone. But she can take comfort from the fact that she was raising the stake in revolting against the Centre, unlike in the case of the revolting Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Columnist Shobhaa De has nominated ‘bamboo up the backside’ as Phrase of the Year, but it could be just a phase — albeit a painful one. Available exclusively on Flip-out Kart.
Cryonic freezers: It may be winter, but keeping things in deep freeze still has its buyers, like the followers of Ashutosh Maharaj. They have found a new use for the freezer after their guru expired and left them all in tears — cryonics. It is a process meant to preserve dead bodies and other organs, but in this case, it is meant to preserve the cult by barricading themselves against organs of the State. How a self-styled godman, accused of rape and murder, attracts such fierce loyalty defies logic, but then so does the non-acceptance of mortality — the guru died 11 months ago and has been on ice since. One explanation could be found in the cult’s website — it describes him as “an exceptionally awakened being”. Available on Mantra.
Business class seat: The popular online store DealSnapped is offering a lucky draw for a business class seat, but for those who profess to practise austerity, in public life, it could prove to be a deal-breaker. Ask Arvind Kejriwal. The poor fellow snapped up the business class seat since it was booked by his sponsors, but for a party that equates asceticism with image and therefore votes, that was cold comfort. There is also the fact that he had given up an executive class seat mid-flight, so to speak, during his stint as chief minister, and downgraded himself to cattle class. That may also be the case when it comes to Assembly seats.
Selfies: It’s the latest camera craze and now that selfies are being auctioned on sites like Zoomin, there are some good photo-ops available. Top of the ops is one showing Rahul Gandhi in a selfie with Mahatma Gandhi (only his statue, of course), taken when he was protesting against the government’s U-turns. It’s quite a political U-turn, considering his sudden burst of public activity after being statue-like most of the time. A selfie with the original Gandhi seems a good idea since it reminds people of the battle to gain freedom from foreign rule.
Pranab Mukherjee’s book: Has led to a dramatic face-off between online and offline stores, after it turned out that the book, The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years, will only be available on Amazon when it is launched next week. Just how dramatic his revelations are will only be known then but they are to do with Indira Gandhi’s term in office, when Mukherjee and she were not on good terms. He quit the party instead of falling in line, in which case this could well be a case of revenge being a dish best served cold — and online.