Wednesday, 19 September 2012

[] gonna be a Samosa Seller!!!


Today in India it's unbelievable .......the numbers are a little difficult
to swallow,... but interesting nevertheless.

It was my regular train journey home from work. I boarded the 18:50 pm
train at from Paranur. When the train was about to leave Guduvanchery,
a samosa vendor with an empty basket got on and took the seat next to me. As
the compartment was sparsely occupied and my destination was still far away,
I got into a conversation with him.

Me: "Seems like you've sold all your samosas today."

Vendor (smiling): "Yes. By God's grace, full sales today."

Me: "I really feel sorry for you people. Don't you get tired doing this
tiresome job the whole day?"

Vendor: "What to do, sir? Only by selling samosas like this every day do we
get a commission of .75 paise for each samosa that we sell."

Me: "Oh, is that so ? How many samosas do you sell on an average each day?"

Vendor: "On peak days, we sell 3,000 to 3,500 samosas per person. On dull
days, we can't even move 1,000 samosas a day. On an average, we sell about 2
000 samosas a day."

I was speechless.....for a few seconds. The guy says he sells 2,000 samosas
a day; at .75 paise each, he makes about 1,500 rupees daily, or 45,000
rupees a month. That's Rs. 45,000 a month. OMG. I intensified my questioning
and this time it was not for time pass.

Me: "Do you make the samosas yourself?"

Vendor: "No Sir. Our proprietor gets the samosas through a samosa
manufacturer and we just sell them. After selling we give him the money and
gives us 75 paise for each samosa that we sell."

I was unable to speak a single word more but the vendor continued...but one
thing...most of our earnings are spent on living expenses. Only with the
remaining money are we able to take care of other business.

Me: "Other business? What is that?"

Vendor: "It is a land business. In 2007 I bought 1.5 acres in Urupakkam
for 3 lakh rupees and I sold it a few months back for 15 lakhs. Now I have
bought land in Uthiramerur for 5 lakh rupees."

Me: "What did you do with the remaining amount?"

Vendor: "Of the remaining amount, I have set aside 6 lakhs for my
daughter's wedding. I have deposited the other 4 lakhs in the bank."

Me: "How much schooling have you had?"

Vendor: "I studied up to third standard; I stopped my studies when I was
in the 4th standard. But I know how to read and write. Sir, there are many
people like yourself, who dress well, wear a tie, wear shoes, speak
English fluently and work in air-conditioned rooms. But I don't think
you guys earn as much as we do wearing dirty clothes and selling samosas."

At this point, what could I reply. After all, I was talking to a
millionaire! The train chugged into Chromepet station and the samosa vendor
got up from his seat.

Vendor: "Sir, this is my station...have a good day."

Me: "Take care."

What more is there to say...!!!!

wake-up call for us....start thinking business guys.

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[] 'Popcorn butter causes Lung problem -': Wayne Watson wins $7.2m in US court


'Popcorn lung': Wayne Watson wins $7.2m in US court

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A US man has been awarded $7.2m (£4.4m) in damages after claiming he developed "popcorn lung" from inhaling the artificial butter in microwave popcorn.

A Colorado jury agreed with Wayne Watson that a popcorn manufacturer should have had warning labels that the bag's fumes were dangerous to inhale.

Defence lawyers argued that Mr Watson's problems stemmed from years of working with carpet-cleaning chemicals.

He developed respiratory problems in 2007, after regularly eating popcorn.

Fun & Info @ Keralites.netWayne Watson (left) says he had not had any microwave popcorn since being diagnosed

"Popcorn lung" is a form of irreversible obstructive lung disease that scars the lung and makes it difficult for air to flow out.

The verdict is the latest in a series of successful cases, including by popcorn plant workers who became ill. The cases link diacetyl, an ingredient in the flavouring, to health problems.

Jurors found Gilster-Mary Lee Corp, a private-labelling manufacturer of popcorn, liable for 80% of the damages. Supermarket company Kroger Co was held liable for the other 20%.

Mr Watson had previously settled with flavourings company FONA International Inc.

"[The popcorn manufacturer] did absolutely no testing whatsoever to think the consumer might be at risk," Mr Watson told CBS News.

Mr Watson's case was helped by the testimony of Dr Cecile Rose, the doctor who diagnosed him with the condition.

She had been a consultant to the flavourings industry and had seen the same disease Mr Watson had developed among workers exposed to the chemical, Reuters reports.


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[] That's eye- watering ! Gardener produces onion weighing 18lb and smashes the world record.


Now that's eye-watering! 
Gardener produces onion weighing 18lb
 and smashes the world record.
When it comes to gardening competitions, Peter Glazebrook is a giant in his field.
The 68-year-old has just smashed his own record for producing the world's largest onion.
The prize vegetable weighed in at 18lb 1oz, breaking his previous best by almost 2oz.
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Eye-watering: Peter Glazebrook from Newark with his world record breaking onion that only
weighed in at 18lbs 1oz. Can you imagine it ? See for yourself in the photograph  here.
Not content with his huge onion, the retired chartered surveyor also brought an 82lb cabbage
 to the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show – having to transport the vegetable in a wheelbarrow.
Mr Glazebrook, 68, from Newark has a knack for producing oversized vegetables, winning all 
six classes in the giant vegetable section during yesterday's show at the Great Yorkshire
The amateur farmer holds an array of world records for his prowess in the garden.
  • The SWEDE taste of success for the grower who has produced 85lb monster vegetable
  • Parsnips of the Caribbean: World-record breaking 17lb vegetable that looks like Davy Jones
  •  shocks horticulture fans at growing competition
  • The supersized squash - at 1,341lbs it's so big it was unloaded by a forklift truck
Earlier this year, Mr Glazebrook produced the world's longest parsnip – measuring 18.5ft, 
36 times longer than a normal parsnip.
Added to that achievement, Mr Glazebrook has been a double Guinness World Record holder
 for growing the heaviest parsnip.
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Peter wheels in his prize winning giant cabbage which weighs 81lb 6oz
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The competition: Derek Neumann from Sheffield with his Cornish Giant Cabbage
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Weightlifter Jonathan Walker from Harrogate lifts a marrow weighing 119lbs 12oz above his
 head after Peter won the Giant Marrow Class
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A day in the life of a weightlifter: Cradling an enormous marrow is all part of the job
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Help at hand: The experienced weightlifter had a couple of extra hands in case things 
went pear shaped
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Prized onion: Peter won all six classes in the giant vegetable competition
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The proud farmer beat his previous world record by almost 2ozs, at the 
 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
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Root of the matter: Peter with his world record winning parsnip which measured in at 18.5ft 
at the National Gardening Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground
He has also grown the world's largest beetroot and the heaviest potato, weighing 8lbs 40oz.
Mr Glazebrook had been attempting to cultivate a record-breaking onion for 25 years until 
setting a new record at last year's Harrogate Flower Show.
Speaking at the time, he said he seeded his onions rather than eating them.
He said: 'If you did I should think it could feed a thousand people. It would certainly do for
 a lot of hotdogs.'
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Exquisite: An array of seasonal vegetables are proudly displayed
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Gardeners from across Britain descend on the Yorkshire Showground every Autumn to
 show off their prized crops of vegetables, flowers and plants
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Immaculate: Prized carrots are proudly displayed in their classes
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Visitors to the annual show admire and discuss the prize winning carrots
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Long and skinny: Wispy parsnips rest on black material for the judges


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