Last July, after a trip to the South, I wrote this piece in which I mentioned "round sort-of-spherical plastic buckets." Alert reader Charu sent me a note to ask if I was talking about plastic pots, called kudams -- which of course I was.
Charu's note also pointed me to her own site, where that very day she had put up a colourful picture of these plastic pots: here. If you click on that link, you will note that the picture was taken by a photographer called Sharad Haksar.
Two days ago, I was idly (I'm idle a lot these days) leafing through MidDay, and on page 17 I found that very photograph, and another one, in a box with this caption:
- Talk of bad advertising: MidDay reader Sarika Olia forwarded these pictures and we completely agree with her view that this happens only in India.
On the Web, you will find the photo on this MidDay page.
Both pictures are also on Haksar's site.
I wrote a letter to MidDay about this. It appeared in today's issue (December 21), with these sentences appended:
- Editor's note: Sarika Olia forwarded the pictures to us as a contribution to the My News page and had no intention of taking credit for the same. Thank you for helping us to trace the source.