A midnight rant – Lays, Philosophy and Bill Cosby


You may find this post a pointless rant. I started off this post as a book review of Bill Cosby’s ‘Time Flies’ but ended up writing about Lays. It is 1:30 AM in the morning and I am super sleepy. Don’t blame me.

I finished Bill Cosby’s ‘Time Flies’ a couple of days back. I bought the book for two reasons. 1) There weren’t many choices. Bill Cosby’s familiar face loomed out of a dozen chick lit and magazines. 2) It was just 20 rupees. While reading the book, I had some mixed feelings. The whole book was like one big stand-up comedy that I couldn’t relate to. May be if read at an older age, the book would make sense to me. Cosby talks about aging and his perspective on adjusting to middle age life. I had a few chuckles here and there, and some laugh-out-loud moments. But that was it. I wondered if I really should have bought it in the first place. That reminded me of my Lays Packet philosophy.

You see, I have a simple philosophy. When you buy Lays with 20% chips and 80% air for 20 rupees, you don’t have to think twice when you buy even the most tattered old book in the platform-side book shop for the same price. I proposed a similar theory way back in stone age when the price of silver/gram was just eleven rupees. I told my sister, why can’t people buy a gram of silver instead of buying a Lays packet every time? (I know, I know I churn out a lot of mad theories and philosophies. You’re welcome.). She said it just doesn’t work that way. A lot changed after that. I got wiser and churned out more crazy theories. Silver and Gold rates shot up and so did the BP rates of many parents who were saving up for the weddings of their 10 year old daughters. My sister came up with more ways to refute my theories. More than just “it doesn’t work that way”. One thing hasn’t changed in all these years. Lays. Sure, they have come up with a dozen more coloured flavours (Yellow and red, my favourite) nothing short of a rainbow. But they still pack more air than actual chips.

You tear open the plastic cover and a gush of air enough to power a windmill comes out of it. You look inside and all you see is this dark abyss. Some where under the depths of the cover, you dig your fingers and stumble upon some chips. You finish eating the chips faster than you can actually say ‘Lays’. OK where was I ? Yea, the book. I have wasted hundreds of tens and twenty rupees on Lays through out my college life. So, a mere twenty rupees on this book is not that big a deal. At least I got a few laughs out of it. When I become old and wise(r), I may probably appreciate the book. So, that’s my point. Now, thank you so much for wasting your precious time on this post. I did warn you at the beginning of the post. 😉

P.S : Dear Lays manufacturers, don’t take it too hard. I actually like Lays. And some day you can pull this off..



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25 Responses to A midnight rant – Lays, Philosophy and Bill Cosby

  1. Ha Ha Ha….My favorite part of the post….Wise(r)!!

    Grin grin 🙂

  2. The same thing Revathi saying in Thevar Magan, “Verum Kaathu Dhan varudhu. ”

    Excellent. Loved your theory. Cheers!

  3. What theories and whatte philosophy! Bowled over. Next time I pass a packet of Lays in the Supermarket, I’ll sure think of you.

    Joy always,

  4. TBM says:

    I like Lays too, but yes all the air is infuriating. Why can’t I stop buying them?

  5. Parthi says:

    Hey, you write well – enjoyed the post. The comic is hilarious – you drew/photoshopped it yourself?

  6. A rant about Lays potato chips and Bill Cosby. There are very few bloggers who could make that work. Fortunately, my dear Vandy, you are one of them!

    Your theory is excellent, as are your very witty graphics. The latter are extremely well done– take a bow.

    I’ve purchased a few books by comedians. It’s odd, but they’re always disappointing. There’s such a thing as working too hard to be funny. Of course, you and I don’t have that problem– we’re just-right funny. : )

    Excellent post, most amusing and enjoyable!

    • vandysnape says:

      I am glad you found it amusing 🙂 I was really sleepy while writing this post.
      That is very true. Writing humour and satire needs a special skill. You have that in abundance 😀

  7. any thoughts on this magical piece!

    • vandysnape says:

      That is such a wonderful song. In fact all the songs from this movie ‘Johnny’ are big hits. There is another song from this movie “Senoritta” which is fantastic 🙂 do listen to it 🙂
      Jency is such a good singer.. Have you listened to her song ‘Deiveega Ragam’ ?

  8. Balu says:

    Great comparison. Only few people can come out with such theories…someone came out with something when apple fell from a tree and you found something when air comes out of chips packet. 😀 Nice Vandy!

  9. chickpiggy says:

    I read somewhere that all that air in the packets was to save the chips from breaking. I still feel there could be more chips in there instead of the air!

  10. Yatin says:

    I work for a company that makes & markets Lays!! 🙂
    Well the 80% is not just air it’s “freshness” that we pack with every pack!
    Even as a Gujarati I’d not go to length to compare food with trad-able commodity, however I must say 20 Rs. pack guarantees you freshness, can a new movie offer that even at a three times the price 🙂

  11. Yatin says:

    And yeah Lays won’t mind because your already advertizing their Parent company (Pepsi) in your Menu bar 🙂
    Yes Pepsi not only makes carbonated soft drinks, but also Lays, Doritos, Quaker Oats, Tropicana Juice,Gatorade, Aquafina, Muller Yogurt, entire list at PepsiCo(dot)com/Brands.

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