I thought innovation was a buzz word only in corporate circles but a recent incident where my maid was a victim showed it extends to the art of stealing as well. I have heard of Biscuit thieves where passengers on a train are lured into sharing medicine laced biscuits which put them to sleep while the culprits manage to steal what ever they could lay their hands on. The recent trend in Chennai is strangers accosting you pretending to be your long lost relatives or acquaintances, and literally beseeching you to accompany them. My maid fell into this trap and was relieved of her gold nose stud, which all seemed to have happened without her knowledge. It was not a biscuit the thief had offered her but used some kind of ‘powder’ to make her drowsy and follow him in order to help himself. All this occurred in broad day light when she was on her way to work.
If she had refused to part with the jewel, probably he would have harmed her, was how she consoled herself.
n.meera raghavendra rao