The story of the man who finds an old lamp and rubs it, releasing a genie who then grants him three wishes is an old one. It dates back at least to the Arabian Nights and the story of Aladin which I first read when I was a kid. And that was a long long time ago!
Since then there have been many versions of the same basic theme. One of the most widely known was the TV series ” I Dream of Genie” which attracted a wide audience in 1970’s America.
There have also been many jokes based on this theme. One of them is about the man who, when given his three wishes, asks for an unending supply of black puddings ( his favorite food). The genie promptly grants him his wish but the man’s wife is incensed with him because he has ” wasted” a wish. She snaps ” I wish your black puddings were attached to your nose!” No sooner said than done ! Of course, the couple have to use the third wish to undo the second and so they have nothing to show for their three wishes.
Another joke is about the man who uses his first two wishes to gets riches and long life. With his third wish, he asks for “the Best Woman in the World”. Poof! Who should appear before him but Mother Theresa!
In real life there are no genies to grant our wishes but we do have Amazon and its knockoffs ( Flipkart in India, TMall and Jingdong in China and so on). I am still amazed by the number of things that are on offer at these sites. In that respect, these sites are almost like a genie who has the power to grant you your every wish. Like a genie, Amazon and its knockoffs can get us whatever we want though the service is not quite as fast and we have to pay for what we order. But there are advantages too. For one thing, we have an unlimited number of desires that we can gratify, not just three. And if we don’t like something, we can send it back at no cost and get our money back. All in all, not a bad deal!