Gentlemen’s shop@450

Do they still sell glasses still for a 100? Why would she need them? Such questions do come and go in my head. I used to seek answers — now I make a face, half-grim half-grin. And do what’s told.  

I waltzed down the highway, wondering where I could find a seller, that too in Bandra. Decided to check the peripheries where the slums meet the skyscrapers. First stop – Lal Mithi, Bazaar Road. Saw mobile, shoes even pet food – yes – shops. Glares glaring in the light? No.

I crossed over to Hill Road, found a shop, asked the price. He replied. F….! I rode off in disgust. 

The only option left was near the railway station, but I wasn’t getting my hopes up. Goods n guys passed me by – chairs-tables, sugarcane juice, mobiles and school bags all being sold. Then the big bus stop, more guys in hotels, tea corners, kabaab shops, then gals and guys at the railway station – chaos, confusion. Time to turn back. My mind said, just a little more

Wise decision. 

I almost missed them – a reflection caught my eye from he other side of the road. Three guys with a small table, selling many things, including sun glasses. 

I reached the table. A correction here – they weren’t selling many things – just three things. Wallets, watches and sun glasses. There were about 10 of each on display. Limited Edition Sale.

“Kitnaa?” I asked the price, pointing to the sunglasses. 

“All at same price – 100.” His eyes and gait clearly stated no bargaining. Okay. 

I selected a frame. Lifted it to eye level. Then I enquired about the wallets and watches. Any wallets @100 and any watch @150.  A total gentleman’s shop@450.  I rode back with a wide grin and two pairs of sun glasses. 

“I like the one you selected,” she said. 

I hung my head.

Published by appamprawns

soni writes about children and people in controlled spaces, in his quest for appam stew. homi writes in the hope of being able to buy prawns to make patiyo.

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