Reading Shame (1983) by Salman Rushdie, and here's such a sentence.
For five, six, seven days films played to an empty house in which peeling plaster and slowly rotating ceiling fans and the intermission gram-vendors gazed down upon rows of undoubtedly rickety and equally certainly unoccupied seats.
Searching the internet I found two explanations.
- Gram-vendor is a person who sells small things during intermission.
- Gram-vendor is a vending machine where you put a coin and get small things.
So which of these two is a better match, or any other explanation?
Where and when? The book describes =~1947 year, India