Life is a journey with innumerable ups and downs. Sometimes it comes with unexpected rewards, sometimes, with important lessons. And some lessons cost you a bit too much. 200,000 USD worth of too much. The story is of a Canadian man who bought two diamond rings from none other than Nirav Modi, to propose to his girlfriend, only to find out later that those carats are not really real. Sike!
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This modern tragedy stars a hero named Paul Alfonso, a Canadian national who spent a mighty 200,000 US Dollars to put not “a” ring, but two rings on the lady he liked. The intention was romantic, the execution- foolish. Nirav Modi, a name that is enough to make an Indian’s temper rise more than a Rajasthan summer, is best known for scamming the whole country and fleeing post committing a 2 Billion USD fraud at Punjab National Bank in India. Alfonso, who had met Modi back in 2014 and had formed quite a pleasant dynamic with the man, was absolutely oblivious to this scam. Entrusting him with “one of the most meaningful purchases in any man’s life”, as phrased by Mr. Modi himself, Alfonso paid a hefty amount for two diamond rings, and proposed his lady love. Disillusionment followed soon as his now ex fiancée took the rings to an appraiser who revealed those are indeed fake blings.
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Now, the story in itself is pretty tragic. Alfonso was not only conned but his marriage also got called off by his fiancée and the man admits to have fallen into depression- all because one bright Indian probably designed his career prospects after watching Bunty Aur Babli. Buthad Alfonso been aware of the middle class Indian life, it would have been difficult for Modi to scam him like this- when after making the payment, he did not receive the invoice and certificates for days, that would have been enough of a red flag for any middle class Indian uncle to actually show up at his doorstep with a Belan in hand. Or, had the developed world kept up a little with the developing part of the globe a little more, especially since they love to interact with the people at the upper side of the wealth bracket in these countries, this mishap could have been avoided. Kids, this is why you should watch the news. Remember, just because it glitters and is from India, doesn’t mean it is a precious jewel.