professional whose dexterity has been proved beyond
A few years ago, we had gone on an African Safari to East
Africa. On the second day we were approached by four
Maasai women. They were carrying necklaces, bangles,
earrings and handicrafts. Madhavi immediately zeroed in
on two statues of a Maasai couple.
“How much?” Madhavi asked.
“ 50 dollars for the pair,” one of the woman said.
“10 dollars,” Madhavi, said without batting an eyelid.
“45,” the woman calmly replied.
Just then I noticed an old woman whose face had a lot of
Just as I was about to click, she said “Photo, one dollar.”
I was taken aback and our driver explained. “The Maasai
people demand money for posing for photographs.”
Our vendor now had another handle to bargain. “Last price
– 40 dollars and the photo of the old woman for free.”
Now this was getting interesting – a slice of cash and dash