Childhood Stories!

There are so many childhood memories,that once you start remembering,you have no idea how time flies!

Remember when you were young and your mother would suddenly call out for you?She would then proceed to give you a ten rupee note and ask you to buy cashew nuts from Jamshed chacha’s store?She would insist on the last part.It was her belief that he was the only shopkeeper in this world who did not have tempered weighing scales. The payesh was almost ready to be served,cardamoms pounded and ghee near at hand. Hurry, she would urge,you need not even change.It’s just round the corner!The guests are about to sit down for lunch.And you would run down to the store, slide the coin across the counter and ask Jamshed chacha for cashew nuts. He would take the note, slip it into his cash box and nod to the errand boy to carry out the task. The boy would tip a handful of cashews onto the scales, weigh them under the watchful eyes of his employer, wrap them in a newspaper cone and tie them with a small string of coir.

No sooner had you turned the corner, than the string would come undone. You would slip a few of the buttery nuts into your palm. And toss them all straight into your mouth. Then it would become a struggle to finish them without a trace before you reached home. Ma would have been waiting impatiently. You’d wipe your mouth with the back of your palm and hand over the hastily re-wrapped bundle to her. You’d smile when you heard her complain how much Jamshed chacha charged for such a small handful of nuts. You thought you had pulled it off again!
But you forgot, she was a little girl once.

Ma could not help smiling as she mixed the cashew nuts in the payesh.

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Here’s a photo I found the other day!It was taken about the time I used to carry out my cashew nut heists!Memories-priceless.

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18 thoughts on “Childhood Stories!

  1. Haha….love the description here. Waise…on a ‘dissenting’ note I am so allergic to cashew!!! Even a slight tinge of it ruins my day!

    More on Jamshed Chacha’s store please!!

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    • Haha!definitely there will be!
      I guess we all have so many of these small little memories about childhood that always brings a smile on our faces!

  2. Great post Nabadip πŸ™‚ Bring back some good old childhood memories. There is always a shopkeeper that every parent preferred. For my mum it was always the ‘Bai”s Shop. I never really found out the shop keeper’s real name !

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