Free Is Poison
Indian Economy & Market|December 2021
Anything free is the most expensive.
Ashok Jainani

Nothing is free in this world. It’s known and understood by all. But many fall prey to it because of the packaging, seductive models promoting it; and sometimes respectable people honking it on loudspeakers and television. Ordinary morons fall prey to it because they suffer from a sort of acromegaly disease urging them to for instant gratification. They value current gratification much more than the costs payable in future by them and the generations that follow.

Acromegaly, a rare disease biblical giant Goliath suffered from, makes objects and things appear much bigger when they are nearer; but are not visible at all when these are beyond a certain threshold. The disease causes abnormal growth of limbs (hands and feet) but severally blurs the victim’s vision making him vulnerable to small tiny attacks from a little distance.

“Free” can only be poison that politicians are very clever in packaging as such. Prominent educated Delhi politician Arvind Kejriwal promised free Bipa – bijli aur paani (electricity and water) if he/his party is voted to power. The party headed by him also assured free rides to women passengers in Delhi state transport buses.

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