Among all the hullaballoo, there was one incident which is hard to forget. One of our acquaintances had told us that they were interested in buying our washing machine. We were happy to give it of even at a reduced price as they were ready to wait till end of April to get it. That fixed, we only put up ads for rest of the stuff and not the washing machine. Whatever was not sold at a competitive price, we packed off to Kolkata along with other stuff. The day that P&M took away all stuff, we were only left with Washing machine (w/m) and Fridge (which was supposed to be taken by my cousin) Abbbas called the uncle to just check on when he was planning to pick the w/m. Uncle said that he was very busy and that he will call back later. But he also added a slight hint that there was some problem with respect to the w/m and that he had to discuss with aunty to confirm. Abbas got furious with uncle as he didn’t bother to inform us. Had we known earlier, we could have atleast sent it to Ma via P&M but we didn’t have that option anymore. We just had two days left. Abbas immediately posted an ad on OLX. Calls started pouring in and they wanted to come the next morning to check it out. One person called in the morning and said that he wanted to take it. When we told that some other parties were also coming, he said I will come within an hour along with a van and take it. We were surprised but also relieved that we could sell it so quickly. Promptly he came and went off with w/m within a blink. Before we could rejoice that the tension was off us, he called back to say that he wants to return it. What the hell? We told him that we can’t get into all this and that we would direct any other callers to him is he really doesn’t want it. But next morning, he appears right at the door with some hefty looking localites and says that I have got the w/m with me, take it and give me back the money. Abbas started arguing with him but I pulled him out of the conversation and told him to take it back gracefully as the folks accompanying him looked notorious. So, we were back to square one and with only a single day left on hand. We were travelling the very next day. That day was packed with gas connection transfer, dropping the air cargo boxes, visiting relatives, cousin picking fridge and what not! Luckily we hadn’t got a moment to remove the ad from OLX. All the callers who wanted it immediately were now entertained and asked to come ASAP. A couple came just about the same time that my cousin came. They were interested but wanted to reduce the price. We too wanted to get rid of it. We came down on the quote and also told them to share the van with the cousin and we finally had a home with only a few suitcases left to boot.
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