Mad about onions

On a nippy November morning, scores of groggy people queue up outside a Safal grocery store in eastern Delhi’s Patparganj residential area, well before the truck arrives with vegetables and supplies. It is barely dawn, the street lights are on, the shutter of the shop—one of the 400+ Safal retail outlets in National Capital Region—is still down, and conversations are peppered with yawns.

The topic of discussion? Onions. And the 3x surge in their prices, of course.

When the truck finally arrives, and the shutter opens, people throng the shelf that has onions. But as the shop owner puts up …


Pradip K. Saha

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