Monday, December 21, 2009

Sari man

Just got back from a trip to Udaipur. We visited the sari section of the Hathipol market. We were in a small gali where all these shops were at and entered one of them. I stood outside killing time while the Mrs was being show the collection by a 30 something dude. I looked at him and it struck me. This dude deals exclusively with women for a living. What must that be like?

I found out he was married and thought that his job would either make him a doting husband or a wife beating psychopath (given that he takes shit from women all day). But when you really get down to it, being a sari salesman is a highly skilled job. Why? Because you need to UNDERSTAND women. He has to be patient because its crazy the amount of saris a single lady will go through before making up her mind. He need to be approachable and cannot letch. He needs to engage, entertain, assess, understand and sell a product he has never used.

He also told me that that he has to show an average of 65 saris before a women makes up her mind and this number may go up to 90. My wife being a quick shopper went through only 22 before picking up her sari.

5 comments:

meghana said...

this was so interesting! you should have developed the part on how his work involves dealing ONLY with women!

Shilpa said...

saw 5 and picked up one.....correction

Velocity Jump said...

Satya.... Trust you to thing something really out of the box even about sari shopping....

SALIAN said...

Thats a lovely note on the Sari Man.

Coming to think of it, never gave it a detailed look. The women can really tire the chap out, but never seen them complaining.

Hats off to these salesguys, & hats off to the women also, to have great preservance to go through even 90 saris before choosing one.

Shruti said...

Your blog is one of my top fave blogs Satyajit! Hilarious!

I will share some saree-shopping incidents with you, and how I wanted to kill some women on a trip and start a pity fund where these sales men can be counseled so they don't get scarred for life, just like war-soldiers.