When rich turns poor & vice versa I spotted the lady at the Laksmi stores. Wedding of her daughter is in the offing I know. She had come alone to do shopping! I stood with my spouse in adjacent Kanchipuram counter. I tried to focus what my spouse was inspecting after pickin up one from a heap. It was mail kzhuthu (neck of pea cock) blue. I disapproved by horizontal nod. I said she already wore similar blue with baby elephants in red border. She smiled softly acknowledging my “poor” memory. Eyes of spouse and the lady at next counter met. Both smiled exchanged greetings. My spouse enquired her of arrangements in progress for her daughter’s wedding. Back to their respective counters. I overheard the conversation at next counter. “ show something bit cheap. I want to gift to our domestic maid” She picked up a cheap saree and left. My spouse as usual turning the shop upside down and still could not choose any saree to her liking. Her birth day in the offing and I hope she might pick one by the time it passes. My legs began aching. I told spouse I would sit in the couch at a distance for a while while she is busy at her choice. I saw decently dressed domestic help “Manju” enquiring A sales man and proceeding to a counter where “the lady” I spotted earlier. My spouse still at the same spot, picked up a saree in each of her risen hand and gestured to come close. I was earshot of Manju while inspecting spouse’s selection. Seeing Manju in simple attire, the man at her counter picking up few cheap sarees from the lot in shelf and placed it over the table for her selection. She pushed aside all those, and told him that since she intends to gift a saree to the daughter in marriage of her employer, the saree should be decent, rich in looks and she wouldn’t mind paying more. Overhearing this, I was all aghast. A while before, Rich was trying to be poor and now her employee trying to be rich. Rich is poor and poor is rich!