#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

Mumbai: At noon, cars sped along the Bhiwandi-Wada road in Thane district, north of India’s commercial capital, past ‘Shree Swami Samarth’, a 100-square-foot shop selling cold drinks, fried snacks, pots and general provisions. Inside the three-walled pile of asbestos sheets, bricks and iron, 62-year-old Ambika Kumbhar, the store’s owner, sat next to a plastic cash box, alert, watching the trucks and cars hurtle by, hoping they would stop, as often as they once did.