Very recently had an experience which kept telling me not only that this country has illitrate people but also education too has failed to lift the general veil of secrecy or ignorance. Thinking of the great upanishad saying that says “a small fliker of light will drive away darkness which was prevailant from 1000 of years”, is sadly yet to be visualized for India.
I keep buying medicine from a certain medical stores as he is quite service minded and checks the expiry date etc before giving one the medicine – a practice which was very much appricated by me as most people can not read Doctors handwriting nor understand the concept of expiry dates in medicines.
It so happened that I had quite a few left over tablets/medicine which was well within the expiry dates and when I inquired about returning and buying some other essential medicines from him, he nodded his head and said “Bring it sir, I will exchange but please come at day time preferablly after 10AM”. I was presplexed by this statement and asked “You mean the company folks who deliver the medine in bulk come only at that time and its easy for you to return those medicines?”.
He sheepishly smiled and said “no sir…you know its a practice that we dont take anything in return after dusk”.
Probably 100 of years ago, when the traders did not have enough light after dusk, re-examining and validating a returned product was tough and impossible due to dark conditions and this practice may have had its root there but prey tell me in this modern day of 100 watt CFC bulbs et all, is this practice still worthwhile? Is that D’Pharma which the medicine man studied fortottten to throw light and drive away the evil superstitions of this country still?
Due to this practice I need to go on a saturday or sunday morning after 10AM to save a few bucks by spending more energy,money,time et all for a superstition and God knows till when such things carry forward!!!
You guys may have had any such experiences or was I singled out by God for this treatement alone?