Do we really value honesty?
That is what I kept wondering about when I happened to listen the conversation.
I was in the Saphal outlet to purchase some fruits. Delhi has this chain of Saphal and Mother Dairy Outlets in every nook of the city.
Three people – probably father, mother and son entered the outlet. The son was in his 30s and parents in their 50s. They wanted to purchase watermelon.
“Is it sweet?” father asked.
The man on the sales counter answered, “Sir, I cannot assure you. If you are fortunate, it would be sweet, otherwise it won’t.”
“Oh! Stupid! What has fortune and fate to do with taste of Watermelon?” the son exclaimed. “Why can’t you keep only sweet watermelons?” He added irritably.
The sales man just smiled. He politely said, “Sir, how can we do that? We try the best of the watermelons, but it is nature’s gift, we do not have control over these things.”
Now the woman spoke, “But in some other shop I saw the man tapping the watermelon and identifying whether it was sweet or not. Can’t you do that? “
“Oh! Madamjee that is just a trick, a trick to satisfy you. Was the watermelon thus tested always sweet?”
“If you don’t know, don’t teach us ...” the father was now angry.
“Ok, let us go, let us try at some other shop” the woman said and they all stormed out, dissatisfied.
“Why did not you try to play the trick? Don't you know it?" Some other customer asked the salesman.
“Oh! I never understand why city people do not have patience with uncertainty. Why don’t you people value honesty?”
He looked at me.
I had no answer.
I will never have one to this question.