As I walked through the crowded streets of Bombay, I came across a small stall that caught my eye. It was a simple setup, with rows of colorful bangles stacked neatly on a table. The seller, a small woman with weathered skin, sat behind the table with a tired expression on her face. I approached the stall and asked the woman how much she was selling the bangles for. She replied in a soft voice that they were only twenty rupees per bangle. I couldn't believe how cheap they were, so I asked her why they were so inexpensive.
She explained that business had been slow for her lately, and she was just trying to make ends meet. She told me that she had been selling bangles for many years, but the competition from bigger stores and online sellers had made it difficult for her to make a decent living.
As I listened to her story, I felt a sense of sadness wash over me. Here was a woman who had been working hard her entire life, but still struggled to make ends meet. I couldn't imagine how hard it must be for her to wake up every day and try to sell her products in a market that seemed piled up against her.
I ended up buying a few bangles from her, not just because they were cheap, but also because I wanted to help support her business. I knew it wouldn't make a huge difference, but I hoped it would at least bring a small smile to her face. As I walked away, I couldn't shake the thought of the poor bangles seller from my mind. I couldn't help but wonder how many other small business owners were struggling just like her, fighting to make a living in a world that seemed to value profit over people. It was a harsh reminder of the struggles that many encounter daily, and a reminder to always support those in need whenever we can.