Personal Loans & Indians

by Vinaya HS on July 15, 2005

in General Stuff

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“Experience the Joy of Living your Dreams! with Personal Loans from ABN-AMRO Bank” screams a pamphlet being handed out in front of my office. It goes on to say:

“Personal Loans from ABN AMRO bank. A personalized touch for your every need. A top-of-the-line home theatre system, A personal computer for your family, A vacation in an exotic location…the dreams are endless. But now realizing them has just become as simple as can be. Choose the ABN AMRO Personal Loan and make your dreams a reality.”

ABN AMRO is not alone. Every single bank wants to either offer you a loan or transfer your loan to them. Not a day goes by in office without some sweet talking girl employed by a telemarketing agency hired by a bank trying to convince you to accept their loan. HSBC even sent me a colorful printout of a cheque for INR 100,000/-. American Express called up to inform that I was specially chosen to receive a loan of INR 100,000/-. I felt like screaming; “Huh? Mate, when did I put up my name for loan selection?”.

Indian citizens however seem to be utterly captivated by this lure of easy money. The trend is to take a huge loan irrespective of your repayment capacity. The dream reality actually stops when it is time to cough up the monthly payments. Truth really seems bitter then!

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N.balassubramanian September 6, 2005 at 7:37 AM

i want a computer loan for educational purpose at home so,i want necessary information about computer loans provided by you contact address:
16,ramanujam street,kallukuli,
mobile : 9865333882

FRANCIS SEQUEIRA October 27, 2006 at 2:48 PM

I am pleased to write to you about an opportunity of FLP, a global MNC which is operating in over 100 countries and expanding in all the cities of India, which has a simple global plan through which you can earn more than a crore rupees per annum for life, without any investment and later on without even doing anything. For details revert back or call on Cell Nos. 98200 22336 or 93225 90781 Mumbai(Bombay),India or 98864 12527 Bangalore, India urgently and to take appointment with our Senior Manager, who will be in the city shortly.
Reputed Lodha Builders are looking out for large lands in Mumbai and in Thane District, kindly revert back if you have any proposals of open space, redevelopment or tenanted premises..

Shrey April 23, 2007 at 8:53 PM

The boom in the loan market shows the optimism we all have regarding the Indian economy. We hope that our salary will increase ata a much faster rate to keep inflation and increased consumption at bay

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