pencil box to simply jometry


Where did I buy my last jometry quipped little Kiran.

For a few moments I was perplexed then it dawned on me: she was referring to a pencil box a.k.a. geometry box. I am sure many remember the rather ungainly tin box that we carried to school many years back and that included all geometry implements and pencils and rubbers.

Somewhere the word box got dropped and the tin box acquired many an avatar, but to school children from the other side of the divide the name jometry remained.

Jometry today for most slum kids is the word to define all shades and hues of the precious pencil box they carry to school.

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