October 22, 2006
We had a great Diwali in Mumbai. Anush was not scared of the bombs and enjoyed the flower pots and chakras that we put on display for her. Not to mention she thoroughly loved the attention and gifts showered on her by friends & family and discovered that she had a sweet tooth. And yes, she looked gorgeous in her Diwali dress (even if I say so myself)
A good clotheshorse (all babies and some adults fall in this category) can carry off a poor piece of handwork.
Anush’s paavadi chattai had to be stitched before Diwali. I found one obliging tailor, after 3 tailors flat refused. He gave me a date and charged a sum that I knew was a more than due remuneration for his service. I did not debate it. The tailor did not deliver on date. When my maid went the next day he actually asked her to return after 1 hr since the piece had gone for ironing. An hour later, he made her wait for over half an hour, mentioning that I would be angry if she went empty handed (unreasonable as I am -J). I got back home from work and began packing up for the journey when I noticed he has not placed the much-promised lining on the sleeves. To his chagrin I went back to the shop and raged and ranted like a bull on rampage. ONLY after asking politely why the lining had not been provided and getting a smart alecky remark “ there was insufficient cloth!! ” Also “ I accepted this assignment for the sake of the child” .. so what if the child gets a rash on account of rough embroidery patches. Anyway I breathed down his neck and got the repair done but I promised myself I would UN recommend the tailor whenever I could and never go back myself. This episode earned me the sobriquet- lawyer (“…don’t talk like a lawyer. This is not a court…”) – wish the career guidance cell in college had pointed out this options.
Does that absolve the tailor of doing a good job? I wonder whether the above would be a valid grievance to go to consumer court. Maybe the amount would not qualify? Maybe some consumer activist may chance upon this and give me some tips?
Maybe I am overreacting…