Why has it taken so long for you to return from shopping? I asked my niece who had come from abroad to spend a few days with us.
Oh, aunty, it was all because of the delay in billing the items, she said sounding quite exasperated.
Was there any problem with the machine? I asked.
No, none at all, she stated.
Then why the delay?Was there a big queue at the counter?I wanted to know.
No, infact there were just a few customers, and my turn came quite soon, she replied.
Then I can’t understand the reason for delaying to bill the items. Was the man/woman talking over the mobile? I asked the inevitable question.
No, he wasn’t, but found something else which seemed to have attracted his attention. Infact all the six pairs of eyes almost turned simultaneously towards the entrance, she said.
What had attracted so many of them all at once? I asked puzzled. Was it the arrival of a film star? I added as an after thought.
Aunty, I don’t know if she was a film star or not, but she was dressed like one, in the briefest shots and a top, observed my niece.
Aunty you told me to dress like an Indian while in India but I see Indians dressing like westerners and attracting attention of people around, even stopping them from carrying on with their work, she complained all in one breath.
Yes, I agree, I said wondering whether it was ‘attraction’ or ‘distraction’ or both, which depended upon the beholder!
n. meera raghavendra rao