India: She’s little, but she’s fierce [Chennai, Dec, 2009]

There was a little old lady selling combs and other small items outside the shop we were looking at, and some of the local vendors were making fun of her. She went and grabbed a handful of wallets off one of their tables (see in her left hand), and when the vendor tried to grab them back, she threatened him with a stick of sugar cane. It was all done in jest, and was probably to relieve the boredom of the day. They clearly saw her as some sort of grand-mother figure and they looked out for her.

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