The sherbetwallah of Shahjahanabad

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Do you see the liquid gold in Aqeel Ahmad’s pan? Its a magic potion that he sells for a mere Rs 5 a glass. A sherbet of gur enhanced with a squirt of lime. So simple. But real magic is always simple. It takes care of the heat in a second. Its like an air conditioner in a glass. He has been selling his magic to relieve pedestrians on the corner of Pahadi Imli and Chitli Qabar for years. His sherbet is so popular, he says, he could easily sell it for Rs 10 a glass. But Rs 5 is enough for him. His father did the same too. For eight months every year, year after year.

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