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Composition helps the student to express his views on what is happening in the world around him, besides expressing personal thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Looking After the Shop

Looking After the Shop

One Saturday, my uncle had to go outstations urgently. Since there was no one to take his place at his little provision shop in the village, I was asked to help out for the day.

Early in the morning, at around 7.00 a.m., a newspaper van brought in several copies of the daily local newspapers. I took delivery of the papers and arranged them neatly on the stands in front of the shop.

Then, came two office workers who bought a newspaper and a packet of cigarettes each. I attended to their needs and gave them the correct change. They were friendly men.

Next, I dusted the glass shelves and rested. Soon, a housewife dropped in to buy onions, potatoes and sugar. I weighed each item carefully and packed the provisions for her. Other housewives followed and I was kept busy serving them.

Later, while I was having a drink of coffee, three unruly boys from the village walked in briskly. They were rough and noisy, yelling at me to serve them. I quickly put down my cup to see what they needed. They asked for peanuts, chewing gum, biscuits and toffees which I packed hastily for them. As they were leaving, I discovered they had given me forty cents short. I rushed out after them but they ran so fast that I soon lost trace of them. I returned to the shop, panting and sweating. I was really annoyed with them but waited patiently for the next customer.

He was an old man from the village. He came on a bicycle and stopped by to get rice, sugar and milk. He sat down and chatted with me kindly for a while, asking about me and my uncle. Then, after smoking his pipe, he cycled off slowly, giving me a warm smile.

By now, it was 7.00 p.m. and I was feeling very tired. Just then, I saw my uncle returning in a taxi. I was truly relieved and happy to see him. I knew he would take over till 9.00 p.m. and I would be free. I stayed on for a few minutes reporting to him the day's business. Then I went home, totally exhausted after an unusual day of playing the role of a shopkeeper.

     
help out   If you help out, you do a part of someone's work
     
toffee   A hard, chewy candy made of brown sugar or molasses and butter.
     
exhausted   extremely tired
     
 
 
 

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