Conspicuous Contrast

The streets around the glittering malls of Bangkok magically transform into a night market every evening, particularly during the festive season.

Walking back from dinner one evening, we were struck by the stark contrast between the little roadside stalls and the luxury brand hoardings on the facades of the malls behind. 

Bangkok Hoarding

A contrast of fantasy v/s reality, of practical need v/s aspirational yearning.

What is it I wondered, that makes us covet these iconic brands? Their exclusivity? Their superior craftsmanship? Or just a notion of authenticity?

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