It all started innocuously when the husband was going to buy kites and manjha* before 15th Aug. The patriot in me raised her head and reminded him not to buy Chinese manjha, for buying it would not only be downright unpatriotic but it could cause injury to birds and children.
The dutiful husband did as I bade and lost 20 kites in 20 minutes as the Indian manjha was no match for the Chinese! The thunderous expression told me the tale I did not want hear and I quickly retreated into the kitchen to prepare peace offerings.
Thus sated, he groused, he had never in his life lost any kites being a consummate kite flyer.
‘All for the country,’ I murmured soothingly.
In a fortnight it was the son’s birthday and we were looking for a gift for him online. But all his favourite action figures were made in China! Even the Lego set, he had set his heart on, was made in China. So we finally settled for a box set of books. My heart brimming with a sense of fulfillment I handed the gift to him. When he opened it he was aghast.
‘Who gifts books on birthday!’ he wailed. The husband looked at me and since then I am the biggest villain in my son’s life.
As luck would have it our old box type TV decided to down its antenna one fine evening. There was excitement in the air for that meant we would finally buy a flat screen LED. But the brand we had decided on manufactured in China only. So after much heartburn and heated arguments I had my way and we got an India manufactured brand. I was so proud of my resolve. But it did waver when the picture quality proved to be even worse than our previous TV.
The kids pointedly avoid watching TV, preferring to watch their favourite cartoon shows on computer and so does the husband. I finally have the remote to myself but the victory is not so sweet.
And since Sunday my poor phone has been giving trouble. I have scoured the internet but am unable to find the phones I have shortlisted being manufactured in India. Yes, a few brands are being assembled here but the phone I have set my heart on is made in China. My resolve, I think needs a rethink.
Let’s stick to not buying Chinese Holi colours, manjha, ganpati, lights, crackers etc. Chinese have no right to intrude upon our religious practices. For everything else Chinese is fine. After all globalization should be encouraged!
You ponder on this weighty issue while I get in touch with OLX to get rid of my new TV, for if I don’t, I won’t get my new phone!!
manjha – kite string coated with crushed glass.