The Diwali Shopathon: When Mothers Bargain Like Pros and Children Become their Personal Coolies

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The Diwali Shopathon: When Mothers Bargain Like Pros and Children Become their Personal Coolies

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

“S

agla fresh aani best quality cha fakt Dadar la bhet ta,” said my grandmother, the greatest haggler our clan has ever seen. Loosely, it meant that if you were looking to purchase anything fresh, dope, or sick, you’d only find it at Dadar. And heeding her infinite wisdom, our family began an annual tradition: the Diwali shopping spree at no other place but Dadar.

After grandma, my mother took up the mantle of planning this epic expedition. What she brought to the table in determination to get the job done, I matched with sheer unenthusiasm. It was enough for her to appoint me as her private coolie.

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