This was narrated to me by my wife Lalitha.
Customer comes to shop and asks: Uppundha? ( Can I get Salt?)
Shopkeeper replies: Pappundhi (Dhall is available)
Well in yesteryears probably the superstitious shopkeepers didn't wish to give a negative reply.
In my neighbourhood shop, the shopkeeper will never start his day with a credit sale.
But life is not so simple these days. If you visit a super market with self-service, it is okay.
Le us imagine the kirana shop:
Do you have paste?
Sorry, I meant tooth-paste.
Pepsodent, vicco, colgate.........
Colgate will do.
Colgate - Salt or Total or plus...?? What size?
To you, or to me!!!!
In my line of business, I have devised my own format to arrive at the right item
for the customer. More about this tomorrow....