Wednesday, March 29, 2006

6. MY COBBLER FRIEND

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While stitching my shoes this old gentleman - in seventy plus - showed me a discarded video cassette and asked me whether anything could be done with that. I told him that it was nothing but a trash. This question he asked me when I asked him if his stitching would last long. I never realised that he had answered my doubt by that question. Because after stitching the shoes he asked me to test the quality of the twine he had used. It was really very tough and also looked very different. Then he told me that he had made the 'twine' out of the videotape ! I wondered at his ingenuity. When I appreciated him, he just poop-poohed the whole thing. He told of his life, the two wives, 11 children and all that. We became so friendly that he willingly accepted to be photograped. I should one day have a chit-chat with him sometime to know more about him. In case I do, i will let you all know, definitely.

17 comments:

இளவஞ்சி said...
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sam said...
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A n& said...

Too much clutter in the background is slight distracting.. But the subject & expressions stunning.
Good one .

( I think you passed your test
:-) )

sam said...

i think so, anand. comments were not taken into account by blogdesam. ilavanji has been helping getting it right. i think things have worked out.

satya said...

Good one!

But you should try the Portrait of your Cobbler friend.

சிவமுருகன் said...

good keep in touch with that person. How come a father of 11 children do a small thing for his living. I egar to know about that.

Sivamurugan

sam said...

better i push forward my 'interview' with him soon!

தாணு said...

I dint realise that it is an English blog

sam said...

ஆங்கிலம்தான் என்று கட்டாயம் ஒன்றுமில்லையே!

Dharumi said...

so what, thanu.
தமிழ்ல சொன்னா அப்படி என்ன தப்பு?

Dharumi said...

தருமி, sam - இரண்டும் நானே!!

Babble said...

interesting... :)

ralsam said...

thank you, babble.

ralsam said...

thank you, babble.

Orani said...

Wow, another amazing piece. You brought the light in Mr. Sam.

Go ahead and talk to him. And just post it over here whatever you can share with us. Looking forward to read through you about our friend's wisdom.

Nice Shot though!

Orani.

Dharumi said...

Recently saw him and it appeared to me that he has lost his earlier charm since he is clean shaven with a clean tonsured head. Should 'hold' a talk with him soon.

Sivabalan said...

//better i push forward my 'interview' with him soon //

Sam Sir,

Please post the interview also.

Nice blog.

Thanks