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Computer Purchase

Updated on June 20, 2011

Before I start, I would like to make two things clear:

· Currys is the name of a firm which deals in

Computers, Electrical goods, DVD & Blue-ray, Computing, Household appliances, Cooking, Laptops, Digital cameras, Washing machines, Fridge freezers.·

Paki is not a pejorative term. It has been used a derogative term by non Asians in the United Kingdom, but it has been taken on with pride by Pakistanis (the young especially) as the word “Pak” in Urdu means “clean” so Pakistan is the Clean Country.

I, personally, being born in Pakistan, although not ethnically so, am pleased and proud when my Pakistani friends refer to me as “Paki”.

Computer Purchase

When I went down to Currys, a computer to buy,

A most lovely Paki assistant came by

"Can I help you, Sir?" I heard him exclaim

And I saw on his shirt that Samir was his name.

 

This isn't Samir, on the left.  Samir looked more like the customer on the right.  Nice chap, but I wouldn't want to get into a fight with him.
This isn't Samir, on the left. Samir looked more like the customer on the right. Nice chap, but I wouldn't want to get into a fight with him.

 

"Well, I tell you, Samir," I answered the lad,

"I'd like a computer, but not one I've had.

So don't show me Compaq, and don't show me Dell

And Samsung and Sony can both go to Hell".

 

So he showed me a Hewlett and a Packard and Smart

And he showed me the outsides and every small part

And a Toshiba Laptop and Daewoo and Bull

And an IBM something till my senses were full

 

Of the words and the jargon and the technical terms

And the insides looked like bundles of worms

Or like coloured string or piles of spaghetti

"It's the latest PC," he said, "from Olivetti."

 

 

But by now I'd decided in my poor muddled mind,

I didn't want a computer… not any kind.

"I'm sorry," I said. "Please don't show any more"

And turning around, I made straight for the door.

 

"Well, instead" cried the boy, “would you like me to show

You a Tom-Tom to show you just where to go,

When driving your car, you've perhaps lost your way;

Or a lovely alarm clock to start off your day;

 

 

Or an LCD TV a full metre wide

With DVD and Digibox already inside".

I said "No" to them all, and he looked quite unsteady

"It's no good," I said, "I've got all those already"

 

 

 

He now looked quite desperate at the loss of a sale

And I saw, 'neath his tan he looked really quite pale.

When he'd first came up to me, a Grade 7 or 8;

He now resembled a 4. He looked almost white.

 

 

"Or perhaps if I showed you some nice mobile 'phones

Would be nice; or perhaps, some compassionate bones"

I said, "Samir, my young friend, you may be appalled

But my compassionate bones are already installed”.

 

 

“But perhaps, if you’d like, let me buy you a coffee,

With a pie you might like, either plum or banoffee”.

He accepted, and as this happy tale ends,

Samir and I, now, are the firmest of friends.

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      smeyerz 5 years ago

      First time I have seen a poem written about computers! But as other people have said, I usually don't go to stores with salesmen because they always try and force you into buying things that you don't need!

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank for coming to read.

      I know. I have a friend who loves his Mac.

      Most of my friends are Pakis, and several of them call me Paki. which make some heads turn... if anyone says to me, "You racist!", when I use the term, I just tell them where I come from and I am allowed to.

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      myi4u 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I tend to make my purchase online. Even my PC, I bought it online through DinoPC. I guess I don't like being asked too many questions or maybe I have already know what I was looking for.

      Well, it's always nice to try something new. I am not trying to convert you to a Mac person but you might love it once you get your hands on it. But it is a little bit too expensive to buy in the UK. If you happen to go to Asian countries or US, check one out!

      Btw, if I were to say the word Paki now, I am sure everyone will be looking at me and I will be called into my manager's office. I didn't realise the meaning of Paki until now. Always thought it was an offending word to use. Great hub as usual!

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I love technology also, Svetlana, but as you said, "when it doesn't work, what torture".

      I have just bought a new Mobile phone, and it does all things that one could possibly want (It even makes a nice coffee and offered to take the dog out for a walk), but how to let it know that in the middle of the night, I DO want to be informed if I have received a SMS but I DON'T want to know that I have received an e-mail at about 4:00 a.m..

      And setting up BlueTooth with my new car made me lose the will to live.

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Linda, I am amazed that that is the case. That's what my chum always points out. Buy I started with a DELL and it has served me well, but i would hate to count up how many Norton Antivirus packages I have bought and I still can't get rid of one little bugger who is creeping around inside my PC.

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      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I am well posh!

      No, I don't really want to convert the world, I want the Mac club to remain exclusive so that we stay virus-free!

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      kallini2010 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      No computer, eh? Mine just went down and I expect it to crash any moment... So if I disappear, it means I am offline. I left some legacy...

      I love technology when it works, but when it doesn't, oh, what torture!

      Glad you had your coffee and pastries, LOL.

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Hi Linda. Thanks for coming into the showroom.

      I have a friend who tells me that about once a week... "You don't wanna look at PCs, you wanna get a Mac".

      What is it with you people? You sound as if you want to convert the world.

      Glad you liked it.

      Don't you have to be well posh to own a Mac?

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      Linda Rawlinson 7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      He he, lovely little tale that. I had a chuckle.

      Incidentally, you don't wanna look at PCs, you wanna get a Mac!

      Linda.

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you, Will First past the post, my friend.

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Nicely done!

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