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Latif Bhai cuts the metal strips.
Ganesh and Giridhar sharpen their sides to knife-edges.
D' Souza picks the junglewood bits,
sells them to Peer Muhammed
who sizes them down to knife handles.
Nair mates metal knife and wooden handle
on his attic work-bench.
As Ammini sharpens each against the spinning stone wheel,
Their son, Pravin, trims all the edges,
adds the rivets and cleans the knives.
Rashid Bhai mounts the crate, packed with knives
onto his green Raleigh bicycle
and trundles around, galli-galli.
Leela Behn touches, feels, pats, bends, twists, haggles,
and buys one.
In another part of the city,
legions of precisely made stainless steel knives
made in a Kaizen-certified factory
glisten in a supermarket's flourescent light.