What invariably happens is that I ask the price and they quote some high figure and then I run away. I am extremely bad at bargaining. Sometimes the ladies at stall call my retreating back, “What will you pay?” I still keep running away.
For this bag, I didn’t even ask the price and anyway apart from a holiday where is the scope to use this in the daily routine? In fact this time after coming back from the trek I called brat 2 (my younger nephew) from McLeod ganj and asked if he wanted something? He immediately said, “get me a T-shirt,” and I did. Otherwise as soon as I enter the house he still asks me, “What have you got for me?”
When I asked the shop owner how much for a T-shirt that I liked he said 175 rupees. I paid, then he returned 25 rupees and said, “We say 175 but we give for 150.” I got that discount even without asking for it. I am that bad at barging and the shopkeeper was that kind. But it happens only in the mountains.
PS. Brat 1 (my elder nephew) is right now at Prashar Lake and he went alone!