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Blame it on recession…

Bad day at work, terrible food at home, horror date with girlfriend? Monika Adlakha tells us about how recession has taken its toll...

entertainment Updated: Jan 02, 2009 18:56 IST
Monika Adlakha

Bad day at work, terrible food at home, horror date with girlfriend… whatever your troubles, you can safely blame it on recession. For some, it has worked wonders.

Garment exporter Ajay Singh always wanted to fire a designer from his team, as “he was just about okay, but had strange arguments to back his boring designs”.

He kept the guy on, unwilling to risk a showdown, but now, “thanks to the recession”, Singh has asked him to either work on half pay or look for a job. “I spoke to him as if I was sad,” says Singh, “and he ‘understood’, but in truth, my business is doing alright.”

Neha Kapoor, a 19-year-old IT student, is glad that the recession has helped her get out of a relationship she wasn’t too excited about. “You don’t pamper me enough with gifts anymore...” she complained the last time she met her guy. “I am depressed by what’s happening in the industry and on top of it, you can’t even take me out to pamper me... I don’t think it’s going to work... I need to re-think my future.” The poor guy was left puzzled, and Neha had her escape.<b1>

Cut-price plate

The ‘slowdown’ has even reached the kitchen. Jyotsana Suri, a 28-year-old, loves food but not the chore that comes with it. “I hate cooking, but for years, I’ve been making three dishes every day as my husband is fussy about not repeating veggies. Also, he wouldn’t eat anything cooked a day before.”

But since prices rose and incomes fell, Jyotsana has got him to “lessen his demands”. And hubby dear, faced with downsizing at work, is toeing her line.