At a glance, doesn’t she appear to blend beautifully into her shop? If I want to get all philosophical about it, I could go to the extent of saying that she and her shop have become one. But I shall spare you the philosophical rant and share instead what she told me recently. She asked if I was new to Kampar and when I said yes, she told me that God always ensures that newcomers to Kampar end up being a regular at her shop. I didn’t think she made any sense then but in hindsight, I wonder why I keep going to her though there are other shops at the market I could easily get my Indian cooking ingredients from. I suppose it is true what they say – faith, to some, is a magnet that attracts what they want in life.
Photograph and text by Dr Indrani Ramachandran.