"No, no. Current account deficit is not about power bills," I hastily said, but he didn't hear me in his excitement.
"Tell me more, sir. You seem to know more about what Modiji has promised than I heard on TV," he implored.
"Well, there is the foreign investment in retail…" I said.
"What is that? Is it good for us?" he asked.
"See foreigners want to come and open shops where people will buy groceries and other stuff. But Modiji will probably not allow that right away. The government wants to step in for the kirana shops."
"Amazing, now government kirana shops. Sirji, this is good news you are giving me. I must call my wife and tell her. She too doesn't know about these things. So, sir, it must be at these government kirana shops that we will get our free things, no? But I hope we don't need ration cards for these government kirana shops. You know how difficult it is to get a ration card, you have to pay bribes … And also, sir, I am sure Modiji will now give orders to bring the prices down."
"Well yes, the government will surely look at rising prices," I confirmed.
"I voted against Manmohan Singh because he didn't order price reduction for vegetables. BJP has promised to control price. When is the order coming, sir?
"Modiji can't order a cut in prices," I informed him. "Prices are not controlled that way. What they will probably do is to look at supply-side reforms."
"Oh, ho, it is getting and better," the good man smiled. "Now we will have better supplies for lesser prices. My vote didn't go to waste."
I had finished my cup by then. I left for the bus, leaving behind a happy chaiwalla. Who am I to decide whether people voted for the right reason or wrong?
Image: Narendra Modi interacts with women from various parts of the country during the second round of 'Chai Pe Charcha with NaMo' programme in New Delhi on Women's Day.