When I hated travelling in Local trains after first coming to Mumbai, the vendor selling plethora of knick-knacks and accessories used to be my attraction point. You will find everything from latest hair & fashion accessories to earrings, funky bracelets, anklets to nose rings and household items to quick snacks and seasonal fruits. You sit in one place (of course if you are lucky to have found a place) or stand and all those mobile stalls come by you, luring you to buy at least couple of their offerings for a very reasonable price.
Sometimes I wonder how difficult all those vendors' lives must be, moving from one crowded local train to another during sweltering summer and overpouring monsoon, trying to make their living off the meagre amount they must be making even after selling their whole lot. But one day I came across a lady greeting everyone on her way "Good morning!!!" while making way through the crowd with large piles of hair clips, hair bands and funky accessories in each of her hand. She was as cheerful as the dew on a morning bloom. Everyone in the compartment was worked up about some or the other thing about their life or the heat if not anything else. All of us were sitting with long faces brooding or complaining about something or other in life when we heard her greetings. Her spirits were so contagious that suddenly all our worries melted down and smiles erupted on all our faces. We all had certainly fewer worries than that lady and yet she was way happier than us in her life.
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