I tell you, watching a movie in a theatre these days requires an incredible amount of patience. It's not like there aren't spectacular ways to waste time in Bangalore, but you see, when your clock is ticking on a city curfew of 11 PM, you pretty much just settle for whatever crap can entertain you for 2 hours.
After elbowing my way through this insanely long line of visibly excited teenagers and bored families with bawling infants, I found myself staring at the guy at the till.
I looked at a bunch of burgers displayed on the side and told him I want one.
'Only a burger?'
'We don't have a burger Ma'am.'
Ok, so like I was blind or something. I pointed to the burgers at the side and asked him what those were. Clearly, slapping him hard wasn't an option. Neither was giving him a pair of bifocals.
'Well, you only get the burger if you order a combo with coke'.
Erm. 'I don't get the logic. Fine, what about all those veggie rolls? Can I have one of those?'
He shook his head. 'No, you can't have one unless you order a combo?'.
So by this time, I had already lost my appetite, save one for an argument. 'Oh so wait. Let me get this straight, I can't order anything on your display unless I opt for a combo with coke'.
After a long debate about marketing math and suppressing the desire to add a few emphatic expletives now and then, I caved in and told him to go ahead with a combo deal. Impatiently, the guy in question took a burger and a roll, shoved both in the microwave (with the plastic), threw over a napkin and pushed it over the counter.
Then he looked at me sheepishly and added, 'Erm. We only have large cokes, no regular size'.
Oh, how F****** generous.