The Watch

In 1970 Dad cleared his matriculation exams with flying colors, something not a lot of students could claim in those days. As a reward, an old uncle of Dad’s, a cousin of my grandma decided to gift him with a brand new watch.
The automatic Reiko, an original Japanese brand, cost Rs. 1000, worth more than the monthly salaries people made at that time. My grandma told off the uncle for handing a young boy such a valuable gift but the well-to-do uncle patted his back and told him to enjoy his gift.
And that was my dad’s first expensive watch.