One More

It was about eight-thirty in the evening in Pune. The evening was cold and windy, the cold wind was biting. A woman in her early 20s was selling lime in a vegetable market. Her child was sleeping on her lap. Because of the cold weather she kept her child covered in a warm cloth. Her merchandise, which was only lime, was kept in a basket in front of her.

Generally, these types of women, who sell single product like lime or sprouted moong etc., are the ones who work in people’s houses as domestic workers cleaning utensils, mopping floors, washing clothes etc. during the day and sell merchandise in local markets in the evening. Generally a husband from a family of such income group spends most of his earnings on bad habits. Hence it is the income of the woman which becomes essential to meet all the family expenses.

When I asked her the rate she told it was three limes for 10 rupees.

I selected three good limes from the basket, kept in my bag, gave her a ten rupee note and was about to leave.

“Sir, take one more lime” she told.

Author: Mintu Ghoshal.

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