Here I bet, you will find something or the other to entertainment your naughty mind. Wait , with ‘Naughty’ i mean all those ‘goody goody naughty’ thoughts of playing pranks with strangers.
Walking down from Park Street to Esplanade, you are sure to find the streets bubbling and singing to the calls of the local hawkers here, who do not leave a tad of empty space on the footpath to bring up their stalls.
All I do is, stare at their stall and the look is just enough to bring them to work. You give their products a stare and they get up to woo you with their words to the stalls. (patties ache (there are patties here), ashun madam – bag hobe (Come madam- there are bags here), thanda Lassi hobe (have some cold lassi) … and it goes on)
looking at something means you want to buy it is the basic thought that runs in each of these hawker’s boggling grey matter. That means if my pockets are empty I will have to stop myself from looking at anything that falls on my way when I pass by those streets. How unruly is that?
I just don’t like them to sit mum in one corner, so I keep looking at their stall until they stand up to greet me and when they do that, I simply walk away.It might just sound like I am a sadist but It is a kind of social work you see, giving those people a little job satisfaction is what I think I am doing.
After all if some body looks at the products you want to sell, that means at-least your products attract eyeballs and you are doing a good job.
Hats off to the local hawkers of Kolkata. You guys are good with sales and marketing.
- Kumortli’s unsung heroes!! (farehawkerblog.wordpress.com)