Paying Guest. In my humble opinion, that’s an oxymoron. For guests don’t pay. Are not expected to. Never. At least that’s my belief. And generally spoken word too.
What gets passed off as ‘PG’ accommodation these days can be best called a hostel in most cases. Perhaps ‘Paying Guest’ perhaps gives a ring of graduation to the professional world. Hostels are for college goers. (I havent seen any PG accommodation here in Mumbai so i have no idea of it here)
And perhaps also delivers another punch. With ‘Payment’ inherent in ‘Paying guest’ what it also perhaps signifies, is a degree of ‘self respect’ to the individual in question. That the stay is paid for !
Whatever be the logical reasoning around this, ‘Paying Guest’ continues to be an oxymoron, to me that is !
The world however moves on. Irrespective of what i think of as an oxymoron or otherwise. And PGs are advertised. Or… are they. Sample this.
These advertisements make the brain cells work. Wondering what is being communicated.
The ad on top. It talks about ‘Males in Powai’. As though the males in Powai are a special species, looking for such accommodation. Perhaps Powai breeds such males. hmm. But look at what follows.
So, for for males in Powai, i guess these are the three principal woes. Brokerage. Deposits. And restrictions.
Move on to the ad below.
Which introduces us to a new form of human life called ‘Rentals’. What else would ‘ Boys & Girls & Rentals’ mean ?
Hmm…they could some thing else as well, but hey, i am not going there at all.
But here again : ‘No Brokerage No Deposit. No Restriction’. The brokerage and the deposit i can understand. But this ‘No Restriction’ business i find difficult. What kind of restrictions will boys and girls ( & rentals of course) usually suffer from, that would make them seek out such accommodation ?
Males in Powai, Boys, girls, rentals will be paying up. And staying as guests. With no deposits. And restrictions. Hmm.
I wonder why my mind is working this way. This post was supposed to be about the ‘Paying Guest’ being an oxymoron.
But you know, I am consciously practicing letting my thoughts flow on this blog. Without restrictions. Maybe thats why.
‘No restrictions’ for males in powai seems to be in. ahem.
The following article was written by Blogger Kavi on his blog http://kavismusings.blogspot.com