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Jockey v/s Shri Aai Mata

“Which shop came first?”

I was out for an early evening walk. Across the main road near the apartment were shop fronts. Hence the question.

Was it the first shop on the extreme left – Sweta Dental Care? It stood there like an odd ball. There were no similar establishments – no hospital, old people’s home or even a chemist’s shop nearby. Could that shop have been the first? 

Then there was the hardware store next to the home-appliances shops. Cement & paint sat well next to steel & aluminum – that seemed right. 

Until you saw Jockey next to it.

The appliances shop would be okay with it. But the jewellery shop, Shri Aai-Mata, next door – they had it bad! Underwear sh on one side and a wine shop on the other, I mean really!!

Somehow Shubham Wines had it good. Right next to it was Panchvati Sweets – they kept colas and sugary treats. Booze, fizz & sweets – a great combo! Next to them was Milind Medical Store, when the booze, fizz and sweets wouldn’t work well. Clearly the trio had thought this through.

From there things -– rather the shops began to make sense. A shoe store, followed by textile shops and children’s wear were followed by the dairy or a grocery shop. Everything felt orderly. It became pretty regular and boring.

I kept wondering – did shops just spring up due to plain opportunity or were they part of a larger scheme of things? Did underwear follow hardware or did jewellery follow booze? All good thoughts to mull over, as business thrived and foot traffic increased in the evening hours. I knew there were no clear answers to these very pertinent questions.

Tomorrow, we’ll explore what came first – the chicken or the egg. Until then.


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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