Dear Street Hawker…

23 Jun

Dear Street Hawker….

I take this opportunity to speak to millions of you out there on the roads…But why? you would ask me now.. OH thats because .. with an interaction with you guys .. I gain immense satisfaction… πŸ™‚

Cos of those 5-100 bucks you let go on an a shirt…”Thankyou Bhaiya”

Some places where i’ve found you and made you a part of my life are Sarojini nagar, Janpath, Kamla Nagar and my favourite Lajpat Nagar. I’ll narrate here my interaction with you today:-


Location: Sarojini Nagar

Item on Sale: : clothing(woman’s t-shirt)

Me: Bhaiya- yeh kitne ka hai

Bhaiya : Madam : ek sau paitees ka

Me: Baap re:…Kaisee batein kar rahe ho?? Ek shop khol lo yaha pe, itna mehenga lena hota toh showroom se na le lete…(a little aggressively..)

Bhaiya: Madam, toh jao showroom se le lo (getting indifferent)

Me: Achha batao kitne ka lagega (bringing back his interest)

Bhaiya: aap ko bola na madam.. ab aap bata do kitna doge.. achha ek sau pachees de do…

Me: (to my friend) chalo yaar!

Bhaiya: Achha kitna dogey?????????

Me: Pachaas πŸ™‚

Bhaiya: Madam itna margin nahi hai …. (knowing that I know it all) achha sau de do….

Me:rehne do…

Bhaiya: Pichhatar de do… ( now he’s talking)

Me: 50 final???? (me, gesturing to leave… without any intention)

Bhaiya: Achha le lo Madam(Both of us smile.. deal was final since the beginning )

Madam: Mein kehi rahi thi.. roz mein aati hu .. wahi jagah .. wahi daam.. toh jyada kyu du…

Now in my mind :

Bhaiya ji: Maan gaye .. aapki parkhi nazar… aur bargaining skills dono ko :))


But for you guys…our saturdays and sundays would have been spent in malls… in those lost worlds..

And I must mention here.. your biasnees towards the fairer sex… gives me a cause to beat my male friends hands on…. The wayback machine takes me to year 2001…


Location: SRCC

Me: hey, CASPER… (he was wearing a t-shirt with casper fabricated on it)

Him: Like the t-shirt eh…

me: Of course !

Him: πŸ™‚

Me: Got it from Sarojini πŸ˜‰

Him: abbey .. dheere bol

Me: achha kitne ki khareedee?

Him: (Smirking) πŸ™‚ onnnnlllyyy sixty five:

Me: (a devils smile on my face) ohh hoo hoo… bees jyada de diye… maine bhi same khareedee πŸ˜› (.. and i walk away with a triumpant grin)


Therefore I champion your cause…

With great admiration,


7 Responses to “Dear Street Hawker…”

  1. anshulsushil June 23, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    And I can tell you that you are a 5STAR bargainer …its only becuase of your teachings that I could bargain goods even in Kuala Lumpur…way to go!!!

    Also I hope you remember the towel tale :)…

  2. Aditya June 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    i read this blog and the one abt auto rickshaws…
    u write well of daily life…

    i remember once i bargained 50 paise with an autorickshaw driver in bombay~

  3. Axe June 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    Thanks @anshul I have inherited those skills.. as you are aware…
    Thanks @aditya i know.. bargaining to shopping is like bread and butter to daily life… i have friends who go on to bargain at Malls.. :O πŸ™‚

  4. ankit June 23, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    from now on i can safely call u sadak chaap….well done….:-)…nice one aakriti…

  5. Aakriti Bhargava June 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm #

    Thanks @ankit… may be you can call me Sadak Smart! πŸ™‚

  6. Mayank July 17, 2008 at 10:56 pm #

    Hell yeah! that was too good .. hillarious πŸ™‚

  7. Aakriti Bhargava July 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    Thanks @mayank

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