Youthaffairz | Humour: Airs and graces!
May 2016

Airs and graces!

Every morning on my way to office I stopped by a roadside snacks joint and enjoyed a plate of "sheera", a delectable dessert that is prepared within minutes; one did not have to wait ages to be served.

Having been transferred to a new city only recently, I lived alone and was yet to get organised. For meals, I had to depend upon the numerous restaurants and eateries. This snacks joint seemed very popular for its "sheera", and I stopped by every morning for a plateful. That was my breakfast!

The joint was patronised mainly by college students and workers - customers who did not care two hoots for a classy interior so long as the stuff was tasty and cheap. The joint offered just that! A huge saucepan, scorched black with use, was eternally placed on the gas stove churning out an inexhaustible supply of "sheera" for the never-ending stream of customers. There were no liveried waiters to serve you, and there were no chairs; one had to walk up to the counter, pay up the cash, and receive the delicious stuff in a paper plate. The customer, then, carried the stuff away, or stood along side the road and savoured the "sheera" there itself.

I had found myself a quiet corner and was having my breakfast when a shiny car drew near and halted in front of the joint. A well-heeled person, who appeared to have applied a whole bottle of scent to his person, climbed down and made for the counter. He looked at the blackened saucepan disdainfully and said rather arrogantly to the cook, "Hey, if you could prepare two platefuls of "sheera" in another vessel, I will pay you double the amount."

The cook looked at him with equal disdain and said he couldn't do so.

The man, his request turned down, started walking back to the car. But half way through he returned, paid for two plates of "sheera", and then carried the plates to the car. After some time I stole a glance in the direction of the car and saw that the man and his companion were happily chomping away; the blackened saucepan and the "unwholesome crowd" had not ruined the taste of the "sheera" at all!

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