We have a small, neighbourhood grocery store nearby that we go to for stuff we need urgently, like, for instance, a Pepsi or an ice cream.
This shop is run by two chaps and a tiny TV. As far as I know, the TV doesn’t have any role in running the shop, but Amit says the two guys are forever watching some religious nut giving moralistic lectures on this TV, and that this has addled their brains. Not wanting to slander or otherwise insult anyone, but the guys, in particular one of them, do give every appearance of having had their brains addled. In fact he/they appear distinctly dim-witted. But, I’ve been to this shop many times (urgent requirements for Pepsi and/or ice cream being quite a common occurence around here) and found that both chaps manage to run their business quite alright, even if they do need a calculator to add up 3 and 4.
Anyway, yesterday it was Amit’s turn to do the urgent requirement procurement, and when he came back, this is what he told me.
A young woman with a thin voice approached the shop and said, “Ande hain?” (Do you have eggs?)
The shopkeeper replied: “Sunday nahi hai, ande hain.” (It’s not Sunday, eggs are there.”)
Apparently the damsel was completely dumbstruck at this reply. Can’t say I blame her; if it had been me, I would have taken this to mean that the man was a certifiable lunatic and would have run screaming all the way home. What does the day of week have to do with the availability or not of eggs???
Nothing, actually. Apparently the shopkeeper thought he heard, “Sunday hai?” (Is it Sunday?)
So that’s why the egg ad on TV says (or used to say), “Sunday ho ya Monday, roz khao ande.” (Whether it’s Sunday or Monday, eat eggs every day.)