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: The Samosa Vendor

*The Samosa Vendor.*

A short, but, a real story

*Today in India its unbelievable .......the numbers are a little difficult

to swallow, , ... but interesting nevertheless.*

*It was my regular train journey home from work. I boarded the 18:50pm

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 do 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 propreitor 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-coditioned 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...!*
21st August 2012 From India, Ahmadabad
Simply fantastic. The message indicates that education has no correlation with our career.
I wish I should get the enthusiasm of the Samosa Vendor.
Thanks Monika for sharing the message.
Have a great day.
22nd August 2012 From India, Madras
Excellent story Monika.......!
Hats off to the enthusiasm and confidence of the samosa vendor. And this proves that we need confidence on our abilities then we can achieve anything in this world and for that studies is not important at some levels.
Thanks for sharing this motivational story.........:)
22nd August 2012 From India, Vadodara
Thanks Monika ji for sharing this thoughtful real story.
I have come across many of this kind in my experience.
The real moral here is never under estimate anyone by their look.
We may feel pity for the way they look and work, end of the day are better off than us.
23rd August 2012 From India, Bangalore
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