Then one day, we saw the cranky old man near our house, put up some interesting objects on display. We ran into his shop and stared at the little bottles filled with colourful jeeri, without any of that strange masala. Could life get any better?
Have you ever eaten Jeeri? Saunf covered with colourful sugar coating?
My sister and I first fell in love with jeeri when we saw it being served to customers after their meals in restaurants. But it was accompanied with a strange masala. So we would grab a handful of it, pick out green and red coloured jeeri and throw away the rest.
So we went up to the man and asked him, “Yeh kitna ka hain uncle?”
He said, “10 rupiye ka hain”
Our faces fell. From where were we supposed to get 10 rupees? Our pocket money was 2 rupees every week and we used it to buy a samosa from the canteen every Friday. But we gave up our samosa for a couple of weeks so that we could buy a bottleful of happiness J
This went on for quite some time but some day we just lost our fascination with. I guess we got used to fancier chocolates. But today when I saw it in the same store, I could not resist buying it again.
Now you must be wondering why do we call it Jeeri. That’s because for the longest possible time, my sis and I thought it was made out of jeera and we called it jeeri because it sounded cute. BTW what do you call it? I have heard people call it meethi saunf, too but I love our little invention. So jeeri it is for me!
Things indeed are pretty simple and sweet in life, only until you have a life unlike that of an ordinary man.