Venkatesan has his musk melon stall on a shady platform, opposite Rani Meyyammai Girls School on R. K. Mutt Road, Mandaveli. He sets up his stall here every summer.
A table at which he sits, with a stack of the fruit heaped on it, a tall vessel filled with the juice, some paper cups and heaps of melons around him complete his stall. He has a couple of thermocol ice boxes filled with ice and a container of sugar to add while making the juice.
A cup of the sweet stuff is priced at Rs. 15.
But the drought has affected this business too. ‘Usually I get my supply of the fruit from Ponneri throughout the summer. This year, there is no more fruit to be had from there. I have to look elsewhere, maybe near Thiruperunkundram’, he says.