In this episode of "Our Last Week", Anuvab and Kunaal get a letter from a man in Kansas City who thinks his grandfather is a bad tipper. Anuvab can relate to him because his father is a bad tipper as well. Kunaal questions the institution of tipping itself—is it legitimate for a restaurant to pay its waiters less because it expects customers to tip them? Kunaal wonders whether he can put a tip basket outside theatres that says: If you liked Kunaal Roy Kapur's performance, tip here. Anuvab wonders whether he can live off tips from his comedy shows. If airlines only took responsibility for landing the planes and then asked you to tip the pilot for taking you to the concourse, would that be okay?
Kunaal wonders whether he can put a tip basket outside theatres that says: If you liked Kunaal Roy Kapur's performance, tip here.
Next up, Kunaal can't understand how air miles are calculated. They are never equal to real miles. They never seem to reference anything in the real world. "If air miles aren't miles, don't call them miles," he says with characteristic frustration. Anuvab is reminded of membership cards and how humiliated he felt when he was demoted from gold to bronze by an airline. Everywhere you go to buy anything these days, they hand you a membership card. They've developed a whole caste system based on our psychological need to belong to a club. It doesn't matter what the actual benefits of these cards and memberships are. We just need the card to physically be able to show it.
Put in a major conundrum by his friends' children, Anuvab wonders whether a middle-aged man can go to a children's theme park by himself. This brings him to the larger question: do people have kids so they can go to theme parks and play on the children's rides? According to Kunaal, we want to continue playing with toys, so we have a child. The theme parks are for adults but to get access to these places, to make it legal, you have to have a child card, which is an actual child. Children are exactly like membership cards. You keep loading points on these cards by feeding them and taking care of them, but the returns you get are lower than expected. You expect gold from your child but only get bronze.
Anuvab is in another conundrum. What can you do when you go to a meeting expecting something but the purpose of the meeting gets derailed? The person you are meeting wants to talk to you about something entirely different from what you're there to discuss. In this case, should you just humour them and talk to them or should you tell them that you aren't actually interested in what they are saying?
An Indian listener, Shakti Mishra, writes in to the hosts and gives them another conundrum. Shakti was in Japan and he/she really liked the toilets there. The Japanese toilets had water jets (bum showers) where the user can control the temperature and pressure. Anuvab wonders whether something like that can be introduced in India. Kunaal thinks that if something dispensing hot water is given to the people of India, it won't only be used for cleaning bums; people will innovate and start cooking Maggi with it, or making tea, or even using it as a nuclear reactor in some especially imaginative homes. According to the Indian psyche, something worth so much money should have multiple uses.
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