Those of you in the US might have seen the ad for the jewelry store "Jared's". It has a whole bunch of people whispering "He went to Jared's" at a table when a couple announce their engagement and the bride-to-be flashes her ring exuberantly. About a year and a half back, S decided to get me a wedding present. On a whim, we both landed up at the nearest Jared's.
After 15 minutes of looking around, we realized that the designs were plain as can be and there was nothing attractive enough to capture our GRT-Thangamaligai-sensitized imaginations. Just as we were about to make a silent exit from the shop, a sales-guy captured us red-handed.
"May I help you with your purchase today?", he asked smilingly.
We could have said "No, thanks" and walked out. But something got into S and he said,
"Yes..we are actually looking for a ring."
"Would diamond interest you?"
I glanced at S desperately to ask him why he wanted to see those boring, old rings again.
The sales guy flourishingly displayed a set of about 30 diamond rings set in platinum. All of them had a plain band with a single stone of varying sizes set on top.
I was about to say, "okay, I am not interested" when S suddenly chimed in,
"Do these diamonds have doshas?"
"Do they have what?"
"D-o-s-h-a-s. Doshas. Meaning -- are these diamonds fit to be worn?"
Sales guy: "These are of the finest quality made by the best jewelers in the world"
The poor sales guy thought we were questioning the quality of the products. How wrong he was..:-)
S, nodding sagely, said, "Ah, yes. But they will not affect the wearer?"
Sales Guy: "You mean allergies? We have the best ---"
Hubby Dear: "No, no, no..you see, in India, people say that some diamonds will cause the wearer harm or bring bad-luck..."
Sales Guy: "Oh..okay. How do you know that?"
Hubby Dear: "We don't know that..our parents do."
Sales Guy: "You want to come with your parents another day?"
Hubby Dear: "No..that's difficult"
Sales Guy: "Can I interest you in some other stones then?"
I was already giggling and struggling to compose myself. S was in full form that day.
Hubby Dear: "Umm..we're not sure if we can wear any stone."
Salesguy: (Dumb-founded, confused silence)
I thought I would alleviate some of the awkwardness and said,
"Only some stones can be worn by some people depending on their birth star.."
"Birth star?", the sales guy asked incredulously.
"We are all born under a star at the time of our birth.."
"You mean sun signs?", he asked doggedly.
"No, no..there are 27 stars..and some stones don't go well with some stars.."
"One of my aunts wore an emerald stone ring against advice and a thief broke into their house within a week."
"So...that's because of the emerald and your Aunt's birth star?"
After 5 minutes, we left the store, our heads held high leaving behind an extremely aggravated sales person. Both of us burst into uncontrollable laughter. The incident still evokes laughter!