The family machine shops of the 1950s and 60s are well-known.
They were built for families to play cards, surf the pool and have fun, and they were the kind of places where the kids could relax and play.
But, in the last few years, a new generation of family-run shops has sprung up, and the old ones have become something else.
The new ones are often in the same place, selling cheap food and cheap movies.
I visited one such shop in Gurgaon, a city of some 1.2 million people.
The owner, Raghav, had just started his business, and he explained that the old machines were in bad shape.
“My old machines used to do the work for us, and now, they just sit there,” he said.
It is the same story for many families, who are forced to travel long distances to get the basic necessities.
“The only thing I want is for my son to go to school,” he lamented.
Even before the advent of the internet, it was impossible to buy groceries from online outlets.
But now, the shops that used to serve a family are increasingly being shut down.
In Gurgaons, the old-school family machine stores that are still available on Sundays, are being converted into restaurants and food courts.
The new family machines, like the ones I saw in Delhi, are usually operated by small companies.
In Mumbai, they are owned by a conglomerate, and many of them have gone bust.
But it is not only the old businesses that are in trouble.
A large number of them are run by local people who have no money, and often don’t even have a job.
The food in the new family machine places is not fresh.
It is all imported, and some of the products are not even good.
Some of the owners have even been selling the produce from their gardens to the middlemen.
“I have bought vegetables from the garden, but they don’t know about it,” said a shopkeeper who asked not to be named.
“I have paid around 50 per cent of the market price for a vegetable and sold it to someone else for a fraction of the price.
In some of these shops, there is a sense of guilt. “
They are just doing this for themselves,” he added.
In some of these shops, there is a sense of guilt.
A young woman, who is a daughter of one of the shop owners, said that she had worked for him for two years, and then he sold her to a businessman.
“He paid me Rs 6,000 to work for him and gave me Rs 1,000,” she said.
When I asked him what he was doing with the money, he told me that he was selling vegetables.
He was very proud of his family business.
“We used to have the best food in Gondia, but now it is all the same,” she added.
“I can’t get a job in Gurdaspur, because I don’t have the money. I don