Diminishing margin of grace

September 3rd, 2010

(First appeared in The Hindu Business Line, September 3, 2010)

Is the customer looking for it anymore?

The 13th loaf was the baker’s margin of grace to cover for any shortage in weight when selling a dozen loafs.

Whatever happened to the baker’s dozen? Why is it that except in star hotels and dhabas, onion slices are not part of the deal anymore?

The 13th loaf was the baker’s margin of grace to cover for any shortage in weight when selling a dozen loafs – the practice is now extinct but for the dictionary. Meanwhile, onion slices have moved into the menu card, as part of vegetable salad. Read the rest of this entry »