Autumn is a beautiful season. Unbearable summer sun starts to beat a retreat. Evenings become cooler. According to legend, this is the time Lord Rama had sought blessings from mother goddess, the lion tamer, for victory against the demon king Ravana. For nine days and nine nights, devotees eat vegetarian food, pray at mother’s feet and watch Ram Leela. Navratra ends with slaying of Ravana. As good will emerge victorius over evil.
This navratra, Shalini was out shopping in the local market. Market was buzzing with people.
“Sale, sale , sale! Come to our navratri sale! Come behen, come bhabi!”
Young boy shouted enthusiastically as he directed customers to his shop.
“Come didi, this sandal is matching your kurta! Visit Ramleela wearing our sandal. Beat Ravana with our sandal. Buy one get one free.”
Shoe shop owner has decided to get maximum business out of the season. He arranged his stock on the footpath.
“Its only for the few days, sahab,” owner assured the beat constable, “I shall fold by end of navratri.”
“I hope you will stick to your word” police man warned the shopkeeper pocketing the five hundred rupee note, “I do not want to come back again.”
“Sale , sale, sale, Navratra sale, come sister, come bhabi, come mother. Buy one get one free,” young boy enticed customers, reassured of his wage for nine more days.
This Navratra, Shalini is assured of a regular income. Brimming with confidence, she has a good feeling, now that she has a job.
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