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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Rs5/- veggies: another gem during JPs campaign trail!

as i was walking along in TP Chatiram area along with JP's padayatra, campaigning fro AAP, i see a particular shop..its name and the name board attracts me..(see foto!)

it said 5 rupees veggie shop! and had Gandhis photo!!
so i go and talk to him, first talking about AAP and asking him to vote..
then ask him whats that 5 Rs thingy?
he said he started the shop 3 months before when veggies were priced so high..
so he started a shop where people could buy for 5/- even when tomato was 70-90 per kg or onions were 90/-
that way poor could get some decent quantity of veggies for Rs5/-
he would have a few tomatoes in a small cover and similarly a bunch of most veggies in covers for 5/-
ofcourse he was selling at loss! bcos he just wanted to help the poor..thats why he had opened it near a bunch of slums in TP Chatiram..
today it is not as crowded as it was then! but even today he has very nominal rates and is a very different and happy man!
when I asked him why that gandhi foto on his board, he said his name is also Gandhi and is a big fan of the mahatma..incidentally he is also born on 2nd oct but 100 years later..
what was amazing was that he said " Mahatma has such power u know..just his photo there has so much energy and power..till date not a single police or rowdy has come in here demanding!!"

i was so impressed..he is full of stories and energy! way to go gandhi!

on JPs campaign trail- interesting anecdotes..

while am on the campaign trail of JP, every day there is a story..rather many stories..while some day those will all be compiled..
a couple of them that happened to me here:
- the other day i was walking from Anna Nagar to Thiru vi ka park to participate in JP's filing of nomination..i was with my AAP cap on..a VW car slowed down and the driver showed a thumbs up sign towards me..and i responded too..prolly due to some doubt he lowered the glass and showed his thumbs up sign again..then he pulled aside and asked me if i was going right (bcos he was going that direction)..when i said i was going straight to TVK park, he said, pl come and sit and I shall drop u..after all u r an aam aadmi:-)

- 2 days back i was returning back from ayanavaram after the campaign late evening and the bus conductor came near me and asked "AAP, eh?" i said yes..he asked what i was, i said i was a volunteer..he asked again what are you? "volunteer" i said again..and he said no post? i said "no, even AK is not the thalaivar..this isnt a hero worship party..' he then told me " no saar, even in gandhi's days he was the leader and he had posts and organisers..u shud also have.." then he went on to ask many questions and said he is in to some social service in his native- Dindivanam and that he wants to start AAP office out there:-)

- yday late evening arnd 10pm I was walking on Greams Road from near egmore to catch a bus on Mount road..suddenly an youngster on bike comes near and says 'i saw u campaigning for the AAP candidate..tell me where do u have to go? I will drop u.." when i said it was far off, he said 'ok, let me drop u at the bus get on the bike'..then he dropped me and while we talked abt politics etc he said he was a practicing doctor! he said he will join AAP and thats is the only hope..

so many hopes...hope these translate to fulfillment..