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Setting up Shop

life on a bus stand, cobbler, setting up shop

The first customer for the day…

I arrived at 9:45 for a 10:15 bus and while the bus was there, the driver had not yet opened the door. So me and a few more early birds were just standing outside, close to the bus.

A bus stand is always bustling with activity… The newspaper guy has all his dailies spread out; one the side he also selling cigarettes and tambakoo. The water bottle seller, also sells juice and biscuits and chips and candies. The ticket counter is busy as usual. Two little girls are roaming in tattered dresses and begging for qualms; one mother is dragging her child away from the candies; few people are buying water and newspaper for the road.

But the cobbler caught my attention. Maybe because while everyone else had settled, he was just opening his shop for the day. He had a big suitcase like wooden box; a big umbrella; a big jute bag and two wooden poles. After coming to his usual spot, he puts down everything and takes a look around as if sizing up his day from the morning crowd. The then opens his box, which quite smartly opens up completely and become a raised platform which is more or less his entire shop. He then carefully places all his items, the spare rubber soles, the nails, the glue, the cutter and the hammer etc on the “platform”.

Just then he noticed that one of the screws of the box was loose. So he first attends to that. After fixing the screw, he gives it a nice push with his hammer. Thak thak thak…

The sun by now is a little harsh. He puts his hand on his forehead as if to protect his eyes and looks in the direction of the sun. Time to put up the umbrella. He has a fairly bashed up grandfather umbrella whose black colour has now turned to grey after long hours of sun exposure. He opens up the umbrella and I can see the tears here and there… The tears don’t bother him as he uses the umbrella only for protection from the sun. He ties it to the shorter pole and tilts it in the direction of the sun.

All set. Well, almost.

Chotu comes from the tea stall across the street with a tea kettle in one hand and three glasses in another. He gives one to the cobbler, one to the newspaper guy and one to the water bottle guy.

The cobbler sips on his tea when his first customer for the day arrives with a bag repair and he gets down to business. At the same time our bus driver opens the bus.

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The Muse

This was an amazing picture as is; but Instagram added to it’s beauty by bringing out the colours of the butterfly more sharply. Now a butterfly is not a very regular sight in my balcony. I had just come back from gym and went to put my shoes out when I saw her (I choose to call the butterfly ‘her’ and not ‘it’). I just stood inside the door fearing that she will fly if I go closer. The first picture I took was through the glass door. When she didn’t move for some time I decided I can afford a little bravery so I went closer, all the time praying for her not to get scared of me and fly away… and lo! she actually opened her wings! It was almost like she was posing for the camera. Such a delight. Such a rare delight J. I’ve never before been able to stare at a butterfly for long because they just don’t sit down but this one had all the patience. It was only on a closer look that I noticed the two red colour scales on her wings.. So beautiful! They were like a peacock’s feather tip, only red in colour.

I just kept enjoying her beauty before she decided she has entertained me long enough and flew away. The pleasures of living in a small town where birds and butterflies still visit us 🙂

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