Knock Knock

Knock Knock

These days, opportunity knocks many doors. Just a few years ago, appearing on TV was a dream for most, let alone act in serials or films. But now, every neighborhood can boast of a having its very own mini-celebrity, if not a celebrity.

Take for instance Dhwani Gada, an 8-year old girl from Thane’s Sindhu Tirth Society. Dhwani has been selected to play a child’s role in the first-ever interactive TV serial, ZEE TV’s "Aap Jo Bole Haan To Haan Aap Jo Bole Na To Na".

Though, Dhwani did not need a screen test (she got selected on the basis of her photographs), it does not mean that she lacks acting skills. She is extremely enthusiastic about acting and has won numerous awards in various fancy dress competitions in the past. What is heartening is that in the process of giving an outlet to her acting instincts, Dhwani does not neglect her school. A student of Bhagwati Vidyalaya, she is equally good in her studies too, scoring over 90% in all her exams.

Dhwani and others like her are fortunate to be born in an age when opportunities are almost limitless.


It is said that TIP is an acronym for "To Insure Promptness", although Webster defines it as "something given voluntarily or beyond obligation, usually for some service". "Voluntary" is the keyword here, though frequently we come across people who actually demand for tip, albeit in a subtle way.

"Saab, Kuch Chai paani milega?" asked a laborer who delivered furniture to our new friend from Bangalore who had recently shifted to Thane. He was not too sure what the deliveryman meant with chai-paani. Rather naively, he asked his wife if there was milk in the house to make tea. "Sorry, there’s no milk in the house", our man apologized. Perplexed, Mr. Delivery-man clarified that he actually expects a "tip" for the service he had just provided.

"Oh ok, you want money for tea… wait a moment", replied our saab and reached out for his wallet and to everyone’s surprise, took out a Fifty-rupee note and handed over to him. Quite a high amount indeed, for tea and water!

While we are on the subject of tipping, it reminds me of another incident. A friend from Thane had just returned from US. We were at lunching at a commonplace restaurant.

When the bill arrived, my friend checked the amount on the bill (which was Rs. 225). He candidly asked me, "Is 50 rupees enough as tip?" I almost jumped out of the seat. More than 20% of the bill amount as tip! I had to remind him that he’s back in his own country and not in the US, where it is customary to pay a 15% tip, subject to fine service of course.

After our friendly squabble, sense prevailed and my friend left Rs. 20 for the waiter, who seemed pleased with such a "sizeable" tip!

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