Did I ever write here about the born salesmen we have in India? Although they are a limited few, they can still ensure that you buy what they want you to buy. Two of these people are fruit-sellers. The first one, I met last week. Was buying some guavas. And, they looked somewhat dirty, and, had some sort of notches on them. I told the guy that these did not look suitable, since they had these indentations. And, he says 'Arre, Saab- e to popat chaanch maare ne, etle Amrud mitthoo hoye. Jema chaanch naa maare, e mitthoo na hoye'. (Oh, Sir- when the parrot puts his beak to it, the guava is sweet, otherwise not). I did end up buying that one, and, really speaking, it was sweet..so, that was a nice sale and a nice bargain for him and me.
The other fruit seller- I was buying apples- he was putting 1-2 pieces in the tarazoo(Yes, they still have that central balance with the weights on each side, one for putting weights, one for putting the fruits), and I told him that two looked 'naram'- and, the guy made an 'insulted' face and immediately cut a piece from one of them and said 'taste,taste, Sir'...ah well, that piece was good, at least..and, since he cut it, I did buy it. The rest were all tougher apples. Honestly, though, I did cut one tough apple and the one from which he'd given me a slice, and I didn't see much difference in sweetness. haha!I guess both are winners in this case.
More coming up in the next post.:)