Discrimination faced by Mumbaikars...

If the housing societies in Mumbai (Bombay) are only meant for families (married couples), then the government of Maharashtra should make marriage compulsory in the state/city.
Or else the government should tell its citizens where will Unmarried, Divorcees, Bachelors, Spinsters live in the city of skyscrapers or is Bombay only for those who have families.
This is one of the greatest mental blocks of Mumbaikars, who otherwise want to bask in the FALSE HALO of Cosmopolitanism.
This disease (of not giving apartments to Bachelors, Muslims, etc on rent) is specially prevalent in housing societies where the Gujaratis, Marathis and North Indians (to some extent) abound; while the rest of the population is more or less okay with the concept.
The government of Maharashtra should take this matter seriously and devise laws to eradicate this malice ASAP, so that BOMBAY (and its suburbs) becomes free of discrimination based on Marital Status, Religion, etc. Or else the Honourable Supreme Court of India should step in, and give directions to the state or central governments -- so that the fundamental rights of its citizens enshrined in the constitution of India is not violated.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Big Bazaar's new shopping scheme finds takers
To join 'Big Bazaar Profit Club', a customer has to pay Rs 10,000, after which he can shop for Rs.1,000 a month for 12 months
About 20,000 customers have enrolled for the Future Group-owned Big Bazaar's latest shopping scheme, which requires shoppers to pay money upfront to join for membership. To join 'Big Bazaar Profit Club', a customer has to pay Rs 10,000, after which he can shop for Rs 1,000 a month for 12 months, thus getting two months' shopping free.

"It is a loyalty and prepaid card for our customers. Many customers are liking it and we have seen over 20,000 customers enrolling for it," said a senior executive with Future Group.

On being asked about the legality of the scheme, the executive said it is akin to a prepaid card and it has nothing to do with money making. "Many retailers and jewellers are doing such schemes," he pointed out.

A mail sent to a Future Group spokesperson on Saturday did not elicit any response.

However, the company's peers say it is an expensive scheme for the retailer due to heavy discounts they offer and the administrative costs involved.

"It is a good way for them to get new cashflows. This way, they can go and buy new goods," said the chief executive officer of a retail chains on condition of anonymity. However, according to the Future Group executive, the new scheme has "nothing to do with money". He said, "It is about loyalty of customers coming in 12 times a year and results in business for us."

An executive from a rival firm said the cost of the scheme was very high, given that Big Bazaar is offering goods worth Rs 12,000 for Rs 10,000.

"The cost of managing so many accounts is high. Administrative costs come to two to three per cent of the scheme. I wonder how they will make money. We can't do it," the executive said.