Venturing into the heart of Saravana Stores
A year ago, I was wondering, in ignorance, at the mystery of some things.
A year later, much of the mystery remains, yet some of that sarcasm vanishes.
Despite the holiday crowd and all, a month ago, I went to visit Saravana Stores on a Saturday afternoon with no particular list or agenda other than idle curiosity. The place has some eight floors, a basement that may or may not have been counted in the eight, and hundreds of employees. Also two huge elevators that can hold at least fifteen people but for our Indian practice of attempting to squeeze more out of everything. So yeah, you might find yourself being flooded by breath while you are breathless. Packed like sardines is the expression I think…
Onto the crux now. Saravana Stores must be visited. So all you Lavanya-like skeptical folks out there who squirm at the very mention of this store, drop that disdain and make a visit. Yes the place is crowded, particularly on weekends, particularly during holidays. Yes, being packed in an elevator is not all fun, but you can always take the staircase. Yes mass produce at the cheapest rates, but not all the stuff is cheap.
When you get into Saravana Stores, they want to make sure you buy something. End to end needs – a floor for men’s clothes, a floor for the women, one for the children, one for steel and plastics, one for cosmetics and shoes, but do you expect one for vegetables and fruits thrown in somewhere in the middle? And do you expect to find large coconuts priced at Rs.4?
You’ll find all sorts of things being sold at this place. There is a little something that every person can find use for. For instance, you remember those famous mosquito bats? The ones that were a sensation in town for the last several months until the scorching heat solved the problem. Well, Saravana Stores made a killing out of selling those bats. I suspect that could be said for several of their products.
Worth a visit, if only to shake your head at the mystery of some things.