The flower sellers and their smiles: lighter moments of life.They are dime a dozen everywhere. Most of them work part-time. Still, they do brisk business. It is very hard work. But they earn just about enough to compensate for their drunkard husbands, for the drop in income or the rapidly eroding value of money.
Yes, they are our flower sellers. Literally, ninety-nine percent of them are women. They sell jasmine, roses, and other varieties of flowers normally worn in most parts of Tamil Nadu. I have not seen much of that in the North of India. I really do not know.
Jasmine flowers, when worn by young ladies, particularly in Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, in temples, gives it a very spiritual feeling. The flowers need to be plucked and then tied together with threads. These threads are now very costly. Hence, there is some increase in price. But in places like Srirangam in Tiruchirapalli town, you can still buy it for about ten rupees for a hand's length. Perhaps they work on volumes and since the transport cost is minimum, make around one hundred or one hundred and fifty rupees every day. To buy from them are simply lighter moments in the evening.
They are good guides too. They can give us useful tips and most are kind to strangers. They are good and honest people. They work as servant maids or cooks and double up as flower sellers in big cities. In smaller cities, they sell flowers both in the morning and evening.
How about your experience ( that is, your wife's experience ) with these humble people?