I am such a crazy girl (or should I call myself a lazy one who does not carry a purse) that at times I bump into unknown shops without a single penny in my pocket. Realizing that at the n-th moment, I go with a belief that I would be let to pay later. That belief mostly works. After all, business runs with some amount of risk. At times when e-pays through phone have dumped me, my humble request have come to the rescue.
After my cycle ride, I usually go to this place for my tender coconut (naareal in hindi) drink, and for that extra cream. The selling guy there is usually on rotations. They shuffle their locations for a change, or for their convenience or so, once in a few months. This time when I visited the place, there was this teen boy who sang super-express non-stop Tamil. With a bindaas attitude, I drank a tender coconut, malai maarke, then I realized, I hadn't carried my purse. With a ‘phone-hai-na’ attitude, I tried to e-pay. And it said, ‘the server is temporarily down.’ I looked at the guy who was constantly staring at my compact cycle. I told him, I had no money and if I could pay him the next day. He happily agreed.
I quipped “cycle nalla Erika?” He replied “romba nalla erika”. Then he continued with a non-stop train’s speed, which fled over my head. I then told him, “enak Tamil teriyaad. Koncha koncha teriyo”, for which he smiled and requested “if he could take it on a ride”. I agreed and left him with a smile. Today whenever I go for my drink, he takes the cycle for a ride. And I am left with a naa-real smile 😊