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What attracts Vikram Seth’s attention in the square? Why?

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Vikram Seth sees a flute-seller standing in a corner of the square. He has a pole with fifty or sixty flutes displayed on it. He plays on flute every now and then. He plays quite slowly, meditatively, without excessive display. He doesn’t shout. He sells in a disinterested manner. His flute music and his manner attract Vikram Seth’s attention.