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One evening, as I was returning home from work, I bought this book for a pittance. It all started with a little game I was playing to beat the traffic stress. I was stuck up in this jam for over 15 mins, and the dull FM channels regurgitating the same ‘latest’ songs interspersed with tidbits of radio jockey’s life stories which I was hell bent on knowing, motivated me to try my luck with the vendors on the road.
First it was the channawala..5 bucks…for a cone..I counted 28 pieces of chana there..I will leave it to you to do the rest of the math. “As a math atheist, I should be excused from this”.
Then I checked out the flower bunches that was being sold…
100Rs for a bunch of red roses…
No, keep 20…
What madam, you wont get even a couple of roses for that price…
Ok, 25Rs…
Ok madam, for you, 60Rs for the bunch. ..
25Rs..take it or leave it…
Madam, please give me 50Rs, will be a blessing, the whole day I have not made any money..
30Rs is my last price…(at this point I realized I do not know what to do with a bunch, that too of red roses..yeah, yeah I am only used to receiving them 😉 )
Madam, 40…
No, 30 ,now don’t block the traffic, time to leave..
Madam, don’t see 10 bucks, take it for 40…
I said 30, now no further arguments (quick I want the green signal, I don’t want the roses)..
Ok Madam, last price 35Rs..
I don’t want it…
what Madam, you will not get it anywhere in the world for less than that..
I told u, I don’t want it..
Madam, I would rather not sell it to you at all (Me cursing the green light)…
then I move a 3 m ahead in the traffic, thanks to a bullock cart (the cart’s driver decided it was quicker to unharness the bullocks and take them one by one to the other end of the road than to let the bullocks haul the empty cart) which cleared an area of 10sq feet ahead of me(pssst… square feet prices in Mumbai are sky rocketing)
Another vendor effortlessly weaving himself in between the cars while balancing a 3 m high set of stacked books in his hand.
show me the last book that u have in your hand..he he..
Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen…
how much..
395Rs…
yeah, I know that is the price in Crosswords, what’s your price…
250Rs…
what’s your best price…
ok Madam, give me 175Rs…
how many pages does this book have…
What Madam, it is as good as the original…
75Rs (cursing myself as soon as I had uttered it, should have asked for a 50)..
ok, madam, give me 100…
and wait, I cant believe it, I bought it!!
It was another hour in the midst of mindless traffic, honking cabbies, rain-friendly potholes, and under bridges forever under construction, before I had a chance to lay my hands on the book.
The first page of dedications was alright. The second page was even better, I like the book already (more on that later)
And here comes the blow..the third page is missing..the fourth page has milder print…
Stop! I have had a long day already.

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