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Posted by : RioZee Sunday, March 27, 2011
We received 15 rupees pocket money every alternate Sunday, to leave the school boundaries and go and enjoy all day in town. Obviously how eagerly I waited for this day, the crispy 5 rupee notes that we received.
We had to walk a long way from school to the town. 5 r.s. for movie tickets, 5 r.s. for the masala dosa at Madras café. I remember the generous sardarji, never complained of us drinking sambhar like maniacs to fill the stomach. Rest 5 r.s. would go for juice, papadi chat, or amarchitra katha comics. As per desire. By evening everyone left town with sullen heads and heavy hearts back for school premises.
I had been Enid blyton fan and by sheer bad luck lost a book of school library” The missing Necklace “ by Enid blyton. Now I was instructed to buy the book from my pocket money and deposit it with the Librarian.
I remember walking all the way to town on pocket money day. Very depressed I was, because I didn’t know what it would cost me. My whole pocket money burnt for buying the book. I remember my friend Dharmpal garg, coming to my rescue. He had some reserve money. He paid for my Dosa and movie tickets. I can never forget that lavish generosity showered on me.