The air was loud with altercations, murmurings, complaints and what-not.
“Our goods sell well because people see them displayed on the pavement. Their beauty captivates customers! Here we are not visible, but hidden!”
The officials shrugged their shoulders and pointed to their orders to clear the pavements.
“You are out of the sun, rain, dust & thieves. Its nice, clean and safe here. The cool corridors will help people actually shop here more. Ungrateful wretches!”
The traders were not mollified, for hadn’t their fathers & grandfathers done business there? The old way was good for commerce & company. The new one seemed sterile, each in their own box. So why change?
Why pay rent now?
*A normal scenario and news item that occurs on and off in Chennai, India!
T. Nagar footpath shops removed