I love eating pani puri, pizza and vada pao in mumbai. I am constantly trying out new places. I remember this incident happened while I was shopping for my wedding and had a strong desire to eat Pani Puri. I was at mangaldas market and decided to take a pani puri break.
I found one opposite the market, about 5 mins towards Dadar. I enjoyed each gappa and was so thankful. I don’t like drinking the remaining water so I was about to throw it when the shopkeeper stopped me. He took my plate and drank the khatta meetha pani. I was stunned. He sensed my question and told me that I make it with a lot of effort and can’t see it all go to waste. I felt embarrassed.
6 months after marriage, I now know the effort that goes in cooking. Though this hasn’t been a life changing event but I admire his honesty towards his work. Going to mangaldas market in the evening is not really possible but if you are there, U can eat the delicious pani puri and be rest assured of the contents as you know it is made by someone who loves his work and is honest, diligent and passionate about it to say the least.
Swami Vivekanand says “One who does a lower work is not a lowly person. No one should be judged by the mere nature of their duties. All should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform their duties.” Karma Yoga. New York, 1895. Complete Works, 1. 66.