His ancestors have been traders for thousands of years. Whether it was genetics that put them in the “trader” caste, or if it is generations of conditioning that has made them so, ‘baniyas’ are born businessmen. When they are buying, they’ll argue that a quarter-dozen of something should cost less than three of the same, and insist that 18 is not a dozen and a half when they are selling.
There are people who use the word in terms of disparagement, but I have nothing but admiration for the baniya’s business acumen. Modern society is built on trade, after all.
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.