Ram Venkatararam, the owner of the Food Here Convenience Store, has become the latest victim of the current economic turmoil. He has made the best out of his situation, however, by becoming a mime (also known as a ‘busker’, ‘street performer’, or ‘person so desperately in need of some cash, that they display their talent (or lack of) to businesspeople who only throw coins that they found on that street the night before, which were probably dropped by said busker anyway’).
Mary Mocking, a performing arts critic, said Ram’s performance was: “Delightfully desperate – an emotional rollercoaster ride of highs and lows; wealth and poverty; and difficult decisions: whether or not to sell the expired dairy.”
John Johnson, a local policeman, said of Ram, “Yeah, we’ll leave him there. He doesn’t cause too much harm, and it’s fun to nudge him when he’s sleeping. I especially enjoy watching his rendition of Swan Lake – it’s just so inspiring.” We left the interview there, because Officer Johnson began weeping and twirling like a ballerina.
If you wish to watch Ram’s performance, he performs every hour, on the hour. He is only performing for a limited time, until his financial situation improves, or he inevitably becomes a Hollywood star.