Priti wore a pink head band matching with her frilly frock as she held the hand of Sneha. They headed towards the super store. Sneha had just driven the car through the morning traffic after taking a short cut advised by the ‘smart card’(almost transparent of the size of a credit card) that she had consulted, while driving. It was getting updated with the GPS system and indicating the route with least congestion. She entered the parking bay where there were no attendants. She scanned the smart card on the sensor and the time of entry was indicated as the boom at the toll entry lifted. Having parked the car she headed for the entry to the store and once again looked at the map of alleyway on the smart card indicating the ‘Grocery section’. She collected the grocery and tossed them in the cart while the bar coded prices of items were scanned and were being added up on her smart card. All the groceries were packed in an environment friendly carry bags that were self-destructible after use and left no carbon footprint. She then moved to the clothing section where she had planned to buy a chic western dress for herself and a pair of stockings for Priti. They both stood opposite the huge electronic screen that gave measurements of everything from undergarment size to footwear and even the bangles through the smart network and electronic data interchange on her smart card. They both walked through the alleyway and collected the dress and stockings as the prices were once again registered by the smart card.
Having completed her shopping they walked up to the Electronics section where Sneha intended to buy a battery charger and the ‘new ultrasonic shaver’ for her husband Pradip whose birthday was round the corner. The brand she was looking for had an ongoing promotion scheme of 20% reduction in price. She picked up the items and the discounted price of the shaver and the battery charger were once again added on her smartcard.
As she prepared to walk back for making the payment a reminder flashed on her smartcard that she had yet to buy a packet of Oats and a multigrain bread! She headed back to the counter and added the packet of oats to the cart and as she picked up the loaf of bread, the electronic display on the counter flashed that it had passed the expiry date! She replaced it back on the shelf and picked up another one.
Having completed her shopping she walked to the billing section where the items were checked and packed in the carry bag. The cost was reconciled by the billing clerk with the smartcard , again by the electronic data interchange! Using the preferred mode, the payment was done with her linked credit card account. The shopping was completed in less than an hour!
While the billing was in process a promotion of a chocolate cake recipe was being advertised on the monitor display! She quickly synchronized her smart card with the recipe on the screen that was downloaded on her smart card!
‘Would you like to have an ice cream Sweetie’ Sneha asked looking at Priti! She rolled her eyes in delight, as they both entered the fast food counter adjacent to the super store. Sneha ordered an ice cream and a burger and made payment one more time with her smart card!
Having completed the errand both of them took the elevator to the basement and unloaded the cart in her car. Sneha , turned the ignition and moved towards the toll. She stopped the car and scanned the smart card on the sensor that flashed the total time of parking and the parking cost. She made the payment with a touch of smart card, as the boom lifted. They happily drove off to home!
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