Many years ago when we vere on holiday in India, we visited a historic Hindu temple complex in the State of Karnataka.
When we left the enclosure containing the amazing temples with thier intricate stone carvings, we were approached by a little boy, who could have been no more than ten years old. He wanted to sell us some quite attractive miniature elephants carved in stone. Out of politeness, rather than curiosity, we asked the price.
“200 rupees,” he said.
We told him that we did not want the carvings.
“100 rupees,” he said, hopefully.
“We don’t want them, thanks,” we said.
“Really, no thanks”
We tried to make it clear that we did not want the carvings at any price.
“Have them for nothing,” the little boy offered.
We still did not take them. I often wonder what would have happened next, had we accepted his three elephants as a free gift.