The fact that Indian women are good at bargaining may be a stereotype to some. However, what has been called as ‘a very bold decision’ by the Indian Olympic Association, will append to this fact. The sport of bargaining is going to be a part of 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Indian Olympic Association has decided to send 3 Indian mothers to compete for the sport.
We interviewed all 3 of the mothers. Here’s what the first one, Mrs. Shalini Verma, said, “I’m very grateful to the Tokyo Olympics to finally listen to all our petitions of including ‘bargaining’ in Olympics and to Indian Olympic Association for giving me a chance to showcase my skills. Bargaining is something that came naturally came to me. Whenever, some vendor or a hawker quotes some price, I instantly reply ‘Bohot jyada hai. Thoda kam ki jiye’ (The price is too high. Reduce it a little). Just like ninjas have superior reflexes, I have a bargaining reflex. I hope I’ll do justice to this chance that I have got and bring at least a bronze for India.”
The second mother, Mrs. Rukmini Dabholkar, said,“I am training very hard ever since IOA gave me the good news that I have been selected to represent India. I get up early morning at 6 to bargain with the milk vendor. Then at 8 I go to the market and bargain with the vegetable vendors for 3 straight hours. In the afternoon, there are many people on whom I net practice, such as watchman, newspaper guy, hawkers, electricity bill guy, etc. I am leaving no stone unturned to make sure I bring at least silver for India.”
And finally, Mrs. Sarojini Gupta said, “It is no shock to me that I have been selected to represent India in the sport of bargaining. I teach lessons on bargaining to other women in my society every afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. I am also the author of the book ‘No Pain, No Bargain’. I’ll make sure I do justice to this chance IOA has given me and even if I get a bronze, I’ll bargain and get it replaced by a gold medal.”
Surely, all 3 of the Indian candidates look promising. We wish them all the best and hope that all 3 of them bring gold and glory to our nation.