If i remember it right, i had read this short story quite some time back. Forunately i read it again.
It's beautiful and touching. How strange! Relationships teach us something new. They add some worth to our being.
The protagonist as the title suggests is from Cabul. A small girl, Mini befriends him. She buys somrthing from that person. As time proceeds, their friendship develops. The cabuliwallah presents her small presents every now and then. Pehaps, as a token of affection.
Due to no fault of his, the cabuliwallah is caught by the policemen. He spends a few years in jail. Upon his release, he again visits his friend, Mini.
Mini is now a girl of marriageable age. Marriage celebrations are on in her house. The cabuliwallah meets Mini's father, and expresses his wish to meet the girl. After some contemplation the father allows the peddlar to speak to her. A harried meeting does take place between the two old friends.
Initially, the father is apprehensive about some wayside peddlar building acquaintance with his daughter. The uneasiness reaches a high when the cabuliwallah makes an appearance on the day of his daughter's marriage.
The cabuliwallah, also has a daughter far away, in the hills. Mini reminds him of her. Thus, his affection and love for her. Thus, those small invaluable gifts. That which might hold no much significance to her. On the other hand, he holds her high in his eyes.
While we are gratified.