Anna please pack one kilo of pulses Black gram, piegon peas, bengal gram, green gram, cashews, almonds all in split or whole which one do you want? Umm, the one we use in sambhar Green moong sambhar or piegon pea sambhar? For lunch or idly ? For lunch Ok, 1 kg Black gram then With that pack 1kg rice too Raw rice, boiled rice, Seeraga Sambha, IR-8, IR-20 or Matta which one? One Maggi packet please Vannakam and Welcome to Namma Oru Malgiai Kadai Since the advent of retail supermarkets the smaller provision stores have disappeared into oblivion The video is about our favourite childhood provision store A provision store is is usually owned by an annachi and has a young boy as a helper Way before the plastic ban, our provision stores used biodegradable packaging methods Anna how much? Our Annachi’s billing system is faster and more accurate than the supermarket’s computer billing *quickly adds up the numbers* 218 Rs Ah okay, open a new tab on my name New one huh? Yes bro Thanks na Because the owner knows the customer personally there is a credit system that even supermarkets dont’ have Haska 1 kg Tamarind 2 kg Pigeon peas 3 kg… anything else? One minute… …ah yes 3/4 kg cloves 3/4 KG cloves? are you sure mom asked for it? Err.. it sounded like Lavangam (clove)… asafoetida? no Kumkumam? nope Bubble Gum? No, are you joking? Ahh, vendhayam (Fenugreek Seeds) Ohh you took so long to remember this See, personal care Best customer care Our annachi reminds us even if we forget something, while the supermarket just has boards hanging on top There is a 2 bhk house, third one in the fourth street, it should suit you well The area provision store is not just a shop It is a public welfare establishment, house brokerage, bike repair etc Anna, bike has broken down. Shall I park it here and get the mechanic? Of course, park it that side in the shade When it comes to help annachi can be the epitome of benevolence and when it comes to gossip he becomes a page 3 reporter Ok annachi thank you Poor fellow, used to buy in bulk before Now he’s buying in small packets That engineer girl, eloped with the boy from the fourth house on the third street Cloves Cinnamon Looks like you have guests, shall I pack some special biriyani rice? Dei go get that biriyani rice Yesterday I noticed, our paapa was whizzing past on the bicycle. Ahhhhh! dad, please please i’m sorry. Anna, can i have some salt? Anna, Tamarind? Anna, toothpaste? Why is it always chocolate instead of change? Change isn’t available, so please take the candy. At least give me some good chocolate please! The exchange rate of US dollar with respect to Indian rupees has increased to INR 70. The exchange rate of US dollar with respect to candy has increased to 140. Even more advanced than the crypto currency, that’s candy currency Who Invented this? our Annachi only. Even though they seem so advanced, the only drawback here is… Anna, do you have sanitary pads? Yes we do. One minute, hey get the paper quickly. Get me a cover quickly. Give me a minute papa. Why does act like i’m buying something illegal? it’s only pads. Come straight down the road and you’ll find chidambaram stores. ya right next to it, ya that’s where i’m waiting. please come, please do. When you are giving directions to your house, Annachi’s grocery shop is always the landmark. Annachi, today is my birthday. Please do make it for my wedding. Be it giving out chocolates for your birthday or your wedding invitation, they will always be an important part of your life. Anna, store it in the fridge, i’ll collect it later tonight. Saving something for you or getting more than what you bargained for. All of this is only possible at Anna’s grocery shop. There is a story behind each and every shop like this! There are countless memories as well. You can never get this kind of an experience at a supermarket or even when you shop online, right? Yeah. Yeah. If you really liked this video, please do tell us what video you want us to do in the “Namma Ooru” series next in the comments section. Also, do share your memories of shopping at your local grocery shop with us. If you really like this video, please share and subscribe to MADRAS METER.