Next to the sweet-shops there were a few hardware stores and jewellery shops. The boys were not interested in anything there. So they walked ahead except Hamid.
It occurred to Hamid that his granny did not have a pair of tongs. Each time she cooked chappatis, the iron pan burnt her hands. If he bought her a pair of tongs she would be very pleased. She would never again burn her fingers. It would be a really useful thing to have in the house. So Hamid stopped to look at a pile of tongs at the hardware shop and asked the shopkeeper, “How much for this pair of tongs?” The shopkeeper looked at him and replied “It’s not for you.”
“Is it for sale or not?”
“Why should it not be for sale?
“It will cost you six paisa”
Hamid’s heart sank. “Tell me the correct price,” he said.
“All right, it will be five paisa, take it or leave it.”
There were some hardware shops and jewellery shops next to the sweet shops, but the children were not interested in it, so they walked past, but Hamid stayed.
He thought of his grandmother, she didn't have a pair of tongs, and whenever she cooked chappatis, her hands were burnt by the iron pan. He thought of buying those tongs for her as she would never burn her fingers while cooking, and it will be useful always. So, Hamid wanted to buy a pair of tongs, and he asked the shopkeeper how much it cost. The shopkeeper said it is not for a small child like Hamid.
Hamid insisted, whether it was for sale or not?
Shopkeeper was rude and said it is, and it cost six paisa.
Hamid was disappointed and asked him to tell the correct price.
The shopkeeper agreed for five paisa and said Hamid to take it or leave.
Meanings of difficult words:
A round flat unleavened bread of India that is made of wheat flour and cooked in a pan.
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-7. Eidgah -Story by Munshi Premchand, Translated and Adapted by Uma Raman (pp. 01-08). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.