|Haggling over a cauliflower price|
|Happy Birthday KARUN SHARMA|
These vendors have all along enjoyed the patronage of our members (for obvious reasons) while on their way back home. But never has the mini bazaar spilled into the Garden -- till Kiran Prakash today deciding to hawk cauliflower at a discounted price. The exercises had just about got over when he stepped up making a full-throated pitch: “Phool gobi, 25 rupya – 25 rupya!” Thereafter, he fished out a huge polythene bag full of greens, making another fervent pitch "exclusively" for members of Big Laaf. Somehow, that did not find any takers.
Most of us were obviously taken aback by the suddenness of it all. Another reason for the lack of response could be that we have become so accustomed to freebies that the general expectation was that Kiran Prakash too would cut his price down to zero.
|Bijoy Gupta justifies his phobia of naked camels|
Incidentally, Gupta was to disclose today why he had become so upset about the “naked camels” of Rajasthan (ref past of February 20). “They were constantly staring at my wife,” he lamented. “Tell me which husband will tolerate that!” And as is his wont, he blamed Shekhawat for this disgrace and demanded Rs5,000 from him as damages. “You and the camels belong to the same place,” Gupta reasoned. "Since you did not warn us in advance, you must pay now!"
Meanwhile, here’s wishing Karun Sharma many happy returns of the day. He is currently away on work in Delhi, thus depriving us the privilege to usher in his birthday at the Garden. It would have been his first birthday with us. He promises to return by the first week of March and make up for the missed opportunity.