Faces of India – 336, from Srirangam, Tamil Nadu

Faces of India

a series through which I intend to portray the various characters of my country whom I met during my travels. I bring back souvenirs, frozen moments from my travels, why not some memories of people I have met and interacted during the travels. Faces of India is a weekly series in my blog since MARCH 2011. See more here

Faces of India Srirangam Tamil Nadu

She is a business woman, the business may be a small one but that doesn’t matter. The fact is she is a businesswoman and she is on her own. I met her in Srirangam, a temple town of Tamil Nadu. Her business setup consists of a small table with items to be sold which mainly were betel (arcea) nuts and betel (pan) leaves. These are mainly offered for prayers at temple. I would have passed it off as a normal thing but when I chatted up with her she said her little shop is running now for 3 generations!

My jaw dropped! 3 generations?!!! I asked disbelievingly. Her grandfather set this up first, then it passed on to her maternal uncle and then she took it over from him. Her husband too helps her sometimes but mostly she is on her own. She rakes in enough profit. However she doesn’t have any intention of expanding further. Will any of her kids take up this? She just smiled away.

We hear of TATAs and Birlas… there are such small businesses too in India which continue generations after generations.

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