When The Vegetable Vendor Shouted At His Customer
Yesterday at the local sabzi mandi (vegetable market) near my house, I witnessed one vegetable seller stand up from his place, step out of his small stall and then shout at a customer for not wearing a mask while shopping for vegetables there.
“Pehle mask pehenke aao. Phir sabzi milegi!”
(“First wear a mask, then come. Only then you’ll get to buy vegetables!”)
That guy remained unaffected and casually turned around (looked like he had just woken up). But when the shopkeeper shouted the same way at another incoming customer, that person immediately took out his handkerchief to cover his nose and mouth.
We must understand that the vegetable sellers are as scared about this situation as we are. And just like the medical staff and the police, the ones getting us essential supplies such as fruits and vegetables are doing us a great service. We must respect that and follow the protocols such as wearing a mask when we step out to buy the essential items.