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|Slick like Oil (standard:non fiction, 1337 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jul 08 2013||Views/Reads: 1215/856||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story of woman vendor that made house calls to sell vegetable oils.|
Slick like Oil Subba Rao While growing up, Juggernaut always looked forward for Sundays for the visits from a woman vendor that made house calls every Sunday afternoon to sell all kinds of vegetable oils such as sesame, coconut, mustard and peanut. At the center of Juggernaut's house was a large court yard that opened into four section of the house, each rented separately for a family. The stone floor of the large court yard with open sky was a convenient meeting place for the tenants. During monsoon season, the rain falling from the open sky into the court yard was an outdoor experience in the middle of the large house. The renters gather in the court yard to buy vegetables, fruits, dairy products, oils, or even clothes and other sundry items brought by the visiting vendors. The visits from vendors attracted adults and kids alike to gather around the products spread on the stone floor by the vendors. For a short time, the central court yard transformed into a mini bazaar. An oil vendor named Appala Narasamma, a small woman with fair skin just short of five feet visited every Sunday afternoon. She came along with a porter Veeriah, a tall man with a narrow face. For any inquiry he replied with a smile exposing his teeth with varied colors from light yellow to dark brown or black from chewing Areca nuts and Betel leaves often. He always carried two oil containers; one on his head and one with his hand. On reaching the court yard, he will first carefully rest the can in his hand on the floor and then using both hands he carefully lowers the container from his head to the ground. The container from the head was the one that attracted Juggernaut the most for its intricate design. It was an oval shaped white metal vessel either tin or aluminum for light weight. While Narasamma made herself comfortable squatting next to the oil cans to start dispensing the oil to the tenants, Juggernaut made sure that he gets to sit close to the oil vessel to observe her dispensing techniques. The vessel has few compartments to contain different oils without intermixing, one for sesame, one for mustard and so forth; the cheapest of all oils was the peanut oil purchased in large quantities by the tenants especially for frying, the peanut oil was carried separately in a tall milk can the porter carried with his hand from a thick metal ring on top of the can. He walked effortlessly with peanut oil can hanging from his hand Click here to read the rest of this story (163 more lines)
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