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|It is all your fault Kirpalani's (standard:travel stories, 1194 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jul 14 2013||Views/Reads: 1549/831||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Juggernaut'f friend Belal got into a jam for dating a woman from the department store Kirpalani's in Trinidad.|
It is all Your Fault Kirpalani's Subba Rao In early 70's, department stores like Woolworths and Kirpalani's were very popular in Trinidad. Woolworths was like Target store and Kirpalani's like Kmart in the United States. Kirpalani's was owned and operated by a clever Indian entrepreneur whereas Woolworth was an international brand store. Near the university campus, the Woolworth and Kirpalani's were side by side competing for two different kinds of consumers. People with means shopped at Woolworths and Kirpalani's customers were working class. Most of the goods at Kirpalani's were imported from India and China, and Woolworth sold stuff from England and the United States. The sales girls at Woolworth were urbane and mostly fair skinned and East Indian women and older black women worked at Kirpalani's. The Indian sales women from Caroni were down to earth house-wife type; they advised the customers on everything from selecting the right underwear to pots and pans. It was a regular routine for Belal, Juggernaut's room-mate to visit both the Woolworths and Kirpalani's not to shop but to check out the sales girls. He went straight to magazine section in the stores like going to campus library to read magazines and paperbacks, some cover to cover. Then he would strike a conversation with sales girls asking questions on products he has no intention of buying. The sales staff familiar with Belal's visits ignored him as a regular trying to get a date with them. The manager of Woolworths, a man from Britain warned Belal on occasions not to bother his staff with his silly questions. Belal was so mad he invoked a special Bangladeshi curse on the manager for his downfall; few weeks from that incident, mysteriously the manager was fired and sent home to England. Not long after, Woolworth's filed for bankruptcy. “Man, you don't believe what happened yesterday at Kirpalani's,” Belal came running to Juggernaut working in the lab. “What happened?” Juggernaut thought perhaps Belal was thrown out of the Kirpalani's as well. “A sales woman at Kirpalani's agreed to go out with me this weekend, I made it, I made it at last,” Belal was all excited. “I am happy for you, was she from Caroni?” Juggernaut was still conducting the experiment while talking to Belal. “She is Indian, kind of matured looking; I did not ask where Click here to read the rest of this story (165 more lines)
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