Babu’s Shop


This is Babu’s shop on a dusty and quiet road off Rajiv Gandhi Salai. Babu is a muscular young man capable of carrying his small shop on his shoulders. Yes, his shop is very small with crudely built walls and coconut fronds for roof. He does not believe in investing in infrastructure because he has been evicted twice by the Chennai Corporation. He says he packs his stuff in a couple of wooden craters and lets the Corporation officials do the dirty job of demolishing the shop.

The name of his shop is written with black paint on a wooden board. The bricks of the walls have been cemented by clay, they may weather  another monsoon. Babu does not see his shop surviving beyond that time period. He has obliged a friend who has a xerox shop to put up a hand written poster on the crumbling wall.

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