Coconuts – result

Vijay Singh sits all day on a street corner in Colaba, Mumbai. He sells coconuts. 25 rupees each. He cuts the top off for you and gives a straw so that the customer can suck up the sweet cool coconut water inside. “The coconut is a gift from God. It is good for the stomach” he assures me.

He gets 100 coconuts delivered per day. They cost him 20 rupees each. Do the sums and he is not making a lot.  Also he has to pay 6500 per month to rent his spot on the side of the road.  A back of the napkin calculation shows he earns about 2.8 rupees on each coconut.

This is exciting for us – partly because it was a successful interview, and partly because we now have a persons story to help tell the story of the coconut.

As today is our last day in India I thought I would get some more of our Plant Stories business cards printed. It is great to be able to give people something after we talk to them so we made up some cards and it has been successful. The printer asked about what the project was so I interviewed him too. Tulsi (sacred basil). Result.

Thank you India. It’s been amazing.

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  1. Dorothy

    Dear Amanda and Malcolm
    Thank you for the story and photos of Vijay Singh – the coconut seller in Mumbai. It is a humbling story. The world needs to know how some people live and have to work all day for so little and they still smile. Such poverty is hardly imagineable for some of us Westerners.
    I think you are both doing marvellous work and it is quite amazing how you have been able to do the work you have done, especially the IT bits when you have been travelling around in rather rural and poor areas, plus been thwarted in many ways for various reasons. You are both resourceful as well as so loving of your fellow human beings and the whole of nature.
    God bless you both.
    Lots of love
    Auntie Dorothy.

  2. Sunil

    Hello,
    I saw in your blog about Tulsi (Sacred Basil). In India, the old traditional houses, we believes that this plant is a part of God. In the Hindu mythology, tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu. Tulsi is ceremonially married to Lord Vishnu annually on the 11th bright day of the month of Karttika in the lunar calendar. This festival continues for five days and concludes on the full moon day, which falls in mid October. This ritual, called the ‘Tulsi Vivaha’ inaugurates the annual marriage season in India.

    Also Thulsi is an Ayurvedic medicine for cough and cold.
    Good luck for your research.
    Sunil Nair

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