The Vir Das comic draws an offbeat parallel

Musk announced on Friday that his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter was “temporarily on hold (File)

New Delhi:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently created a buzz when he announced a $44 million bid for microblogging and social networking service Twitter. But on Friday he surprised everyone by announcing that the plan was on hold.

As the jokes and memes started pouring in, comedian Vir Das lashed out at Mr Musk by drawing a parallel between the deal and his mother’s bargaining skills at Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar market.

Mr Das recalled when he used to accompany his mother to the market as a child and how she would visit different shops to get a better deal.

He said his mother would walk into a store, “like something, pretend not to like it too much and lower the price”.

If the shopkeeper held out, she would leave the store. That’s when “other traders saw her coming and offered her better deals on things because they heard the bargain.”

Eventually, Mr. Das said, his mother would return “to the same store and buy something totally different. She just wanted the trader to admit defeat.”

He then added that it was “some weird ego issue between her and the guy who barely knew each other”, which he said “the market loved watching in bitchy neighbor mode”.

Mr Das says the shopkeeper was puzzled, just like other shopkeepers, and was simply irritated because none of the things she was buying piqued his interest. He added that he wanted the market to burn.

Concluding his note, Mr. Das made the comparison with Mr. Musk. He wrote: “Elon Musk is my mother with rockets.”

Here is the post of Mr Das:

Mr. Das’ post took the internet by storm and left many users divided.

Actress Alia Bhatt’s mother, Soni Razan, was among those who reacted to the post. She said she remembered doing something so similar on Colaba Causeway in Mumbai when she was a teenager.

Another user wrote that it was something all Indian mothers do and added that it was a “similar experience for many of us and traders”.

One user even shared some shoe-shopping wisdom.

Another user said it was ‘an Indian story’ and went on to tell how they spent ‘nine hours in a mall with her negotiating two identical sets of clothes she wanted to gift “.

One user also commented on an aunt who “walks into the store, shows them the prices of something online, and knocks them down to match it.” The user added: “Ikea, Nike, Costco, Harrods – she bargained everywhere.”

Mr. Musk announced on Friday that his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter was “temporarily on hold pending details supporting the calculation that spam/fake accounts actually represent less than 5% of users,” to quickly add. that he was “still engaged”. gain “.

Daniel K. Denny