TATA Star Bazaar — good, but obnoxious

Been putting off writing this post for four months now. Better late than never, huh?

16-March-2008

Being a Sunday morning, we had planned to go out to Forum. Too early to eat at Gramin (wanted to post about this lovely restaurant too), we walked around a bit. Croma, the electronics store near forum had already caught my eye, and so did Star Bazaar. Though I am a big fan of TATA’s vis-à-vis Reliance (there’s a smart Reliance Mart that has come up on Bannerghatta Road (abt 2km past IIMB), that I liked a little better), what put me off (or drove me out) of this Bazaar was the obnoxious smell of meat cooking in the open. I have already seen my dose of non-vegetarianism in Bangalore and seen how it’s catching up across various quarters of India, but this was too much to put up with. It was even worse than walking across the Marry Brown corridor in Ispahani Centre (Nungambakkam, Chennai). Grrrr, why don’t people remember that there are still some (many?) vegetarians left behind in this nation? One thing the smell did was to drive me out, at least from the ground floor, which had a lot of provisions and groceries, to the first, which stocked more of clothing, as well as applicances and stuff. The clothing variety was good, but I would put Reliance Mart ahead, where you get decent looking polo T-shirts for 200 rupees! To give the devil it’s due, I did really like the way stuff was laid out in the first floor — and if I recall right, there was even a Landmark. But the moment I got back to the ground floor, the smell easily chased me out! All in all, I would not recommend STAR Bazaar, more as a retaliation, in principle, to their lack of respect for vegetarians!

That brings me to the whole issue of vegetarianism, an issue that requires much more discussion than I now have time for. I write this being provoked by the stupidest of Tamil magazines, which appears to be running a debate on whether vegetables are vegetarian [sic]?! The Indian concept of vegetarianism is quite different, from the Western viewpoint; it’s not just about animals and animal products. Food is only classified as saattvic, raajasic or taamasic — thus, while milk is classifed as a saattvic food, meat is classified as taamasic, as are onions, garlics or mushrooms (not that I even intend to equate anything with the himsa involved in producing meat). To add a point here, one must look back [and deep] into the rich tradition of our ancestors of atonement for killing (of microbes and tiny living beings, presumably) at the five places such as the cooking vessel, grinder/mixer, mincer etc (ammi, aattukkal, jalapatram etc) by the performance of the pancha mahayagnyas, and the vaishvadeva, to account for the ‘living’ vegetables etc. I am just giving a sketchy picture from the little I know here — do ask your [grand]parents for more fundaes :). Ok, have digressed enough. May vegetarianism be revived!

Another silly quip is the fact that they seal the plastic covers, as you leave the store! That’s disgusting, because it defeats the purpose of re-using plastic bags (postponing recycling or junking them outright), if you have to tear the sealed bag open when you get back home. Reliance was far better, using plastic wires to knot the bags.

Disclaimer: I am a bit intolerant towards molecules noxious to my olfactory system, but I believe this was too much. Nevertheless, pay a visit to STAR Bazaar — I hope they have improved, for their own good — and take your pick!

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7 thoughts on “TATA Star Bazaar — good, but obnoxious

  1. yeah, well said, i love pastires and cheese,

    unfortunately i cant even luk at them coz of the non veg stall next to it
    O_o

    gud tht sumone tuk efforts to pen it down :)

  2. well said karthi, now a days like in madagascar animated movie, everybody who eats non-veg looks like one meat is eating another one :) , i gave up non-veg and went back to veg..

  3. All said and done I still feel Star Bazaar is much better and cheaper than BiG Bazaars of the world. Kishore biyani is just ripping customers with its low quality food and durables.. Moreover Big Bazaars are stuffed to the core which leaves hardly any place to move making them look as if you are in Sadar Bazaar of Delhi ……without its prices…

  4. EVEN I HAD A VERY BAD and DISGUSTING EXPERIENCE IN STAR BAZAAR CHENNAI,

    1. It was shocking to see spy camera in the ladies trial room, when asked for the reason. they denied to answer. .When i tried to make a phone call to police, they grabbed my phone and threaned me and took me inside the manager’s room and convinced me that the camera in off and some other person told that it is not at all a camera, which i can’t believe. Being a women i don’t have any safety there, so immediately rushed out.

    2. If anyone of you can make a visit to this place please be careful. Staffs there using harsh dirty words on customers once the customer leaves the place. Particularly Male employees in vegetable section and men’s cloths counter.

    3. After weighing of one full chicken, they placed it for cutting and packing, When i reached home and cleaned that chicken for preparing Chicken 65, I was surprised to find that one leg and rib piece was missing. Even most of the time I find old meat and sea foods. but don’t know where to launch these kind of consumer complaints

    4. One day i bought a kurtha worth Rs.349/-, a few days later my friend went and bought the same one for Rs.499/-. When we rushed with the cloths they denied to refund the amount as she used it once.

    5. Inner garments are very badly organised different size in the box and some other size on the inner garment.

    6. Discount cloths was charged on the MRP. kurtha found in the discount place with MRP Rs.399/- has discount of 25%, it has to be charged Rs.300/- after discount, i confirmed it with the section manager there and placed for billing. When i saw the bill shockingly they have charged Rs.399/-. And Men’s denim jeans discount board was placed under Women’s jeans counter. Nil knowledge about the stock available and unwilling to serve the customer, the attitude which cannot be changed even after warnings or charge-sheet.

    THE STAFFS IN STAR BAZAAR SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!!!!!! ON WHICH THEY LACK

    THESE ARE THE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE YOU CAN EXPERIENCE SHOPPING IN THAT HUGE ROBBERY SHOP.

    TILL DATE NO ONE HAS RAISED VOICE TO REMOVE THE SPY CAMERA INSIDE THE TRIAL ROOM, EVEN TODAY YOU CAN WALK IN TO FIND.

    Mr.TATA if reads this comment please change your Admistrative staffs as they fetch bad name to your enterprise. Blame the HR for recruiting lower grade men and women, those who don’t know how to speak, and behave in a hi-fi shopping centre

    • hello mam.
      regret for all the inconvince you had to face in chennai and now I think its too late to say any thing about it.

      yes but one thing I would like to share is that where could you complain or give your feedback
      1) at CSD with in store.
      2) Star Clubcard: below is the link, once you download & instal you will get 50 points which is = to 50 rs.in this application you have a page as feed back so I request you to plz download the same

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcs.mobility.starbazaar

  5. hey hi Kartik.
    respect and thanks for your concern I joined SB last year just been transferred to koramangala store as this blog is from 2008 . have you ever then visited the store.I belive if you would have placed the concern with the customer service desk(CSD). in the store that would be the first think SB would have looked to rectify . plz do visit and do let us know you feedback we are only here to serve you the best experience. have a nice day ahead

    when ever you come to koramangala store do ask for me . myself Jiby george.

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