We have guests visiting tonight and panipuri is one of the items on the menu. The task of making it is assigned to me, so I started by jotting down the items to buy - puris, panipuri masala, dates, tamrind paste, black salt and the star ingredient "pudina".
I had a free day today and dad had lots more veggies to buy, so I decided to accompany him to local vegetable market. Being Sunday morning, the market was heavily crowded. We somehow managed to snake through the crowded lanes and collected all the fresh veggies we needed for the day.
After staying in US for some time, this was my market visit since quite long. Scorching sun, jam-packed lanes, heavy bags made me ask dad why don't you just buy from nearby dmart or bigbazaar.
Pop came his answer, if everyone starts thinking like you, how will these people's efforts pay off? You will buy comparatively stale and frozen/preserved veggies from the big brand stores at higher price and bargain with these local sellers for Rs 5 or 10. They really have no big investments and profits, they work hard and provide you fresh veggies and feed their families on day to day gains.
I could not agree more when I recollected having paid Rs 20 for even smaller bunch of pudina which was here at just Rs 5.
I decided to join dad for the market trip whenever I am free and made it a point to never bargain. Buy local, eat fresh and help those working hard for their living. If we leave behind trifle comforts offered by air-conditioned malls, won't it be a complete win-win?