JournalismPakistan.com November 8, 2013
Several things happened to me yesterday. I bought myself a razor with about five blades or was it six or seven and an antiseptic strip or whatever. I also bought myself a toothbrush, collectively this being seen by me as a major splash on myself.
It took me four minutes to wrestle the cellophane off the toothbrush which included finally biting off the end of the cellophane. Then the major exercise of taking out the damn razor began. I pulled and twisted and yanked and tore at the transparent plastic stuck to the white base and locked in like Fort Knox, give me my razor please.
Who are these mean-spirited people who create these ghoulish packagings?
My son-in-law, who does 100 push-ups and runs marathons for a lark bought himself a USB, a set of ear pods and a nail cutter. Twenty minutes later he was weeping like a baby because the shy nail cutter refused to come out.
It is bad enough that the key to the sardine can take a u-turn from the markings leaving you with a quarter opened tin out of which you finally scrape out crumbled pieces of oily fish or you are spotted with that bottle of mouthwash in your teeth trying to rip off that little blue rectangle that is supposed to gently come off but resists you with all its might and even after it comes off the ‘safe’ lid decides okay dude you want ‘off’ go for it, I’ll fight you all the way.
Not to mention ‘lift flap here’ tubs of stuff that does not lift there despite your efforts. And what about that six pack of aerated cans that you go to war with and all it does is stretch and then you poke a hole in it with your thumb and streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch again. Then you pull and then you tug and then you take a knife and plunge it in and it is only soda.
Okay, I haven’t yet finished with that razor, the handle has come out but the extra blades are still doing the Alamo and holding fort.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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