Paragon pant by original Hindi banner, held by the kind footwear shopkeeper | Maharashtra, India

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First landing in India, this little town was my first home. Ashish, my friend from the Chai shop was teaching me Hindi by reading the signs around and so I became proud of cracking the decorated script to the point I literally wanted to wear it on my sleeve. What seemed to be a no brainer – finding a t-shirt printed with the native language, proved to be mission impossible. Only Hindi T-shirt can't be bought in shops. Those are only printed as uniform (such as for wedding marching band members, local cricket teams, etc...), handed out on election campaigns by political parties and brand/product promotional gifts.
After combing market street, following shopkeeper tips to no avail I finally understood that custom order is the only avenue.

But where will I even find anything printed in Hindi that can be used as raw material for a garment?
I kept my eyes open as I roamed around town and one morning they fell on the Paragon footwear banner stretched in front of a market stall. I stepped into the shop behind and with my practically non-existent spoken Hindi of the time but facial expressions and hand gestures tried to convey my odd wish. The seller kept his calm despite that odd customer being me, went back into the storage room behind the shop, came back carrying a ball of bunched up fabric. As I threw it open those flying colors and Hindi fonts jumped to sight.

'How much?' I asked him
'Nothing' he β€œsign languaged” me. My heart grew wide, with many happy returns to come, of the extra mile Indian do for you and for no compensation. A couple of weeks later when I had a chance to give back I bought here a pair of chappals (Indian flip-flops) for my Yoga teacher, who also refused taking pay and here's the story about my experience with that great man, Mr. Chavan: http://jpgmag.com/photos/3307767
Continue to read what happened next on my story 'Dreamweavers'

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Paragon pant by original Hindi banner, held by the kind footwear shopkeeper | Maharashtra, India

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In the story Dream weavers.

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