India is a nation of shopkeepers. There are no malls, no big box stores, no department stores to speak of. On nearly every street of every city, town and village, you find an endless line of small shops selling a dazzling array of goods and services. There are variety stores, shoe mongers, sari shops, bicycle repair shops, vegetable merchants, tailors, welders and machine shops all co-existing one after another. Everyone gets a plain cube of space in a brick building with a garage door to protect the wares at night and a sign post on top. Standard issue. Shopkeepers inhabit these spaces from first light to dusk, greeting customers and selling their merchandise.