Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! We
women just love it all, don’t we?
mention of this delightful word is enough to get those dollar signs rolling out
on to our heart’s slot machines. This word has magical powers; it’s the abracadabra
of women’s world!
Well men do shop too but let’s
just be honest here when it comes to influencing
the world of shopping it’s the women
who rule the roost!
‘Shopping’ as women we
love it, practice it and even fight for it. It’s our passion, it’s in our
veins. It’s our passion and we are genetically programmed for it! We move about
stores frantically during sales and even race to the finish towards that last
piece of the catalogue’s black dress in the aisle. We grow up listening to shopping sagas from our mothers, aunts
and sisters. Infact even the tricks of shopping, like secret family recipes, are
handed down generations. It’s therapeutic and has a calming effect on the
The great shopping tribe
been responsible for this consumer driven economy that thrives in the world
today and trust me it’s not going to be much different 17 years down the line
in 2030 as well. But yes the way we shop is certainly going to change! But
have you ever wondered what would it be like? There was a time when clothes
were ferried on foot in localities; a time when people shopped from the
verandas of their homes with the salesman seated at their doorstep; then came
the shops which grew fancier with the passage of time, then the malls and now
the world shops with the click of their mouse. The last few steps within a
timeframe of a few years! So in almost two decades from now, there’s no doubt
that shopping would be revolutionized!
Truly the avenues of shopping in the present day are so exhilarating
that I can only wonder how advanced and dare I say magical it would be in the
Picture this, its 2030 and you are
in your warm cosy bed on a Friday night after an exhausting week at work,
reading Dan Brown’s 50th novel. All you want to do is to snuggle up with
a blanket, a glass of red wine, Kenny G in the background and that book. But
then suddenly, as if miraculously cured of amnesia, you are reminded of your college
reunion which is on the very next day. Now, you can’t go back to that hell hole of a place without looking
your best; after all the Mean Girls, even
though now old and wrinkly, would be there too! You realise it’s an
emergency and you need to shop! But at midnight where would you go? What do you
do? Do you cancel on the reunion? No, not at all; for 17 years down the line you
would be able to shop from the comforts of your very own home at any time of
the day! Or, in this case night!
I think it would be something
virtual! I imagine a special electronic device called the shopping wand!
It would be a device as tiny as your compact or
lip-stick. It would be small enough to fit right into your hands and would come
in various colours. With a super duper hi tech chip within it, the wand would project
on the press of a button a listing of all the shops, malls and boutiques in the
world onto your wall. That’s not all; you would be able to select any shop by
clicking on the names in the projection. And viola a portal would open infront
of you that would take you to that very store! Yes, exciting isn’t it! The best
part though would be that the store needn’t be in your city or country either.
It could be anywhere in the world and all you would need to step into it would
be that magical, electronic wand! And then without having to burn that extra petrol
to drive down to a mall, you would be in the midst of dresses, shoes,
accessories and more. And then the icing on the cake would be when you step
back into your room through the portal carrying your shopping bags along! Now that is how shopping should and perhaps
would be as we move deeper into the 21st century!