| A Hoshitashi for the Economy|
A Hoshitashi (sounding like Hitachi and Toshiba) is a slang for a bad ass television set.
Today I did my part to boost the economy by spending a fortune on a 57 inch, wide-screen, High Definition Television (HDTV).
A part of me felt like Oskar Schindler ("If only I didn't buy this car, I could have saved another Jew!"), because the money I spent on the Home Theater System is more than it cost my family to send me to America for graduate studies. It is certainly more than the cost of my college education (1988) in India, and more than the cost of my parents' first house (1983). It has taken me many many years to draw the lines between sinful luxuries, and natural desires thanks to the complex and imposing ideals of my father and Mahatma Gandhi.
But as the market gurus tell us, if nobody spent money, there would be no economy. There would be no exchange of services, no innovation, and no advancements to the civilization.
So as shallow and insincere as it sounds, I will still say it. I bought the Hoshitashi for the economy!
BestBuy.com: The Toshiba 578H1
Jewish Virtual Library: Oskar Schindler
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Saturday, December 08, 2001|
Last Modified: 12/27/2002