S: Do you mind paying for the coffee, I left my wallet at home?

A: Sure, God knows I've leached enough food from you during our school years.

S: Not just from me, from our entire batch. Anyway, are those brand new bank notes that I see? Looks like someone got a lot of Eidi. Haha, aren't you a little to old for that kind of thing.

A: Sadly, I am. These are the leftovers from the Eidi I handed out. It is a surprise I have any left, there are so many relatives and all of them have an army of kids, and the greedy critters want to suck the every last rupee out of you.

S: You know, Ameen, sometimes I feel this tradition is getting out of hand. I have seen kids, really young ones, show unbelievable level of greed when Eidi is being handed out. Eidi makes people instantly selfish. Kids constantly count how much they have and how much it is compared to other kids, in schools a boasting competition starts which always ends up marginalising students from poorer families, and this almost forced act of giving money away makes even adults act stingy over amounts that they won't even remember if they lost on another day.

A: Yeah, I know what you mean. The obsession with bright, shiny cash is disconcerting at times, especially amongst kids. But in the end it is just a harmless tradition Saidiq, don't read to much into it. Kids are vicious creature on principle, even without the involvement of money. Plus it is a day kids can buy whatever they want without adult supervision, just think back and tell me how much that meant to us when we were little.

S: I don't remember being greedy.

A: Trust me, we were. Don't worry, there is no lasting impression being made on the kids. If anything, Eidi promotes equitable redistribution of wealth amongst adults.