It must be an Indian thing

As we’ve all been too keenly aware, the prices of things has been crazy this past couple of years…everyone knows about the gigantinormous prices at the gas pump, and the ridiculously high prices at the grocery store. Turns out, using food to create ethanol was not such a wallet-friendly idea. So now we all breathe a huge sigh of relief to see gasoline at a beautiful price of US$1.80-ish a gallon. Considering we had been paying in the $4.50 range, this is a remarkable fall. At the same time, probably due to the drop in oil prices, the cost of food has also gone back down. We now pay more reasonable prices at Costco, the Middle Eastern grocers, the Asian grocers, and it kinda encourages my appetite for food. But you know the one place that food prices refuse to drop? The Indian grocers. They’ve gotten the taste for charging astronomical rates, and figure if we didn’t do without Basmati rice when the prices doubled, tripled and quadrupled, well then we can continue to just suck it up. Bloody rascals.

It should be easy to do without these stores, considering practically everybody carries Basmati rice…but there are some things that only the Indian grocers carry. Things like papadum. Nobody else carries these, and nobody else makes anything similar. So, we’re stuck with the thieves at the Indian grocery stores. Grrrr!

Yes, I’ve basically dedicated a whole post to papadum, when you stop and think about it. I can’t help it…they’re better than potato chips by about a million degrees. Or is it a trillion? Gotta keep up with inflation, eh?


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4 Responses to It must be an Indian thing

  1. mems says:

    Haha, that is so true. So typically Desi. Might as well start haggling over prices now like back home at the bazaar- oh wait, haggling isn’t jaiz in Islam. 😦 Too bad.

  2. Aliyah says:

    Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
    Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmathullah wa barakatuhu

    We’re having the same thing here but from ALL traders (“here” is Jordan) Food prices, specially all types of rice, lentils and even flour, have risen vertically and we’re told it it is because of demand from China and India. Why Now? Someone somewhere is making big profits as my uncle who owns farming land says the prices farmers get hasn’t gone up by nearly so much.
    BTW I learnt to haggle all most before I could walk but now even that doesnt work. You get angry stare and “Take it at MY price, or go some where else and see if you can get it cheaper.” 😦 The fun of shopping has GONE……………………

    Walaikum salaam, Aliyah

  3. Aliyah, wa’AlaykumusSalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu 🙂 I was reading about the price of qurbani in Jordan, and how little the average Jordanian earns, and I was so shocked. It’s too bad that negotiating is no longer effective…

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