Exam Central, Jhongas and Back To School Thoughts
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Last week, I visited the Jamshedpur Old and New Book Shops to buy some text books for my daughter.
Today, I was back to buy a novel: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is such an old book that I felt sure that they would have it.
These bookshops focus on exam-preparation texts. They don’t ordinarily have novels. Out of twenty-three shops, only one carries novels.
All one needs to do is strike a bargain. Some people enjoy the process of bargaining. Personally, the only reason I question the price of anything I want to buy is — a book on negotiating I once read. In it, the author argued that if you pay whatever the seller asks without question, the seller might think he hasn’t kept the price high enough!
Today, the bookshops were particularly crowded because schools reopen tomorrow.
Chanachur jhongas/little bags of fried snacks
A little later, I went to the shopping center where we had these fried lentil snacks, called Chanachur.
The seller has added finely minced onions, green chillies and a squeeze of lemon to the mixture of roasted peanuts, crushed potato chips and fried lentil balls. It makes for a tangy snack.