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For a Few Dollars More

July 2, 2008

Yesterday a couple of friends and I were strolling back home when we decided to get some quick groceries done. As we browsed around the aisles, my friend – who had just finished off at the gym – picked up a huge can of water and started to gulp down the nectar of life to quench his thirst. We began to tease him saying that he would have to pay a dollar for that entire can of water and he could have waited till we got home.

Ironically, today afternoon at lunch, I happened to be googling ‘Swades’ and chanced upon this heartwrenching scene from the movie. Beautifully shot, this scene still brings a tear to the eye.

The coin exchanges hands…
The child counts his ‘pachees paise’s…
The camera slowly pans upwards as the train gradually draws out of the station…..

‘Paani lo paani, Pachees paise ka ek glass’

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