The punter

In the late 70s, Indian Airlines was a monopoly carrier. Its standard snack was either chutney or cheese sandwiches. The boisterous, young Parsi architect on the Bombay-Bangalore flight, bearing a striking resemblance to the King of Spades, challenged his travel companion across the aisle to place a bet on which sandwiches will be served. "I say cheese. 5,000 rupees,” he said in a Parsi Gujarati accent with a slight lisp. "Chutney!” shouted the rotund textile magnate, accepting the bet. Chutney sandwiches were served and the Parsi, without wasting a moment, whisked out his wallet and handed over five Rs 1,000......

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