While on a trip to Coimbatore’s Isha Foundation, the Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, found that her footwear’s strap had broken while alighting from the flight. Like any normal person, she too stopped at the nearest cobbler to mend her broken slipper.

 

 

 

The minister was travelling along with her party members. She patiently sat on a stool while the cobbler was busy doing his job.  Until then it was all normal, but all hell broke loose when the minister did something unexpected. The humble cobbler, unaware of the celebrity in his shop, demanded ₹10 for his service. Instead, of the ₹10 note he asked for, the minister gave him a ₹100 note and that was enough fodder for the people to talk about this weekend.

 

 

While some have thanked and appreciated Smriti Irani for her generosity, there are others who can’t help but wonder whether  this stunt was for a photo opportunity amid the cash crunch going on in the country. An attempt to upstage the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in terms of publicity, or a case of genuine kindheartedness? You decide.