Ma, me & mangoes – Episode 1

Sunday, 30th May 2021 at 11 AM,

My mother: Chinmay, you said, you’ll be helping me in selling our farm mangoes that were plucked earlier this week.

Me: when will it get ripe?

My mother: in a few days.

Me: please express few days in numbers!

My mother: 3-4 days

Me: Ok, I’ll work on it.

This is what I did,

11:30 AM: Took a selfie with the mangoes in the background.

11:35 AM: Created a Google Forms for customers to enter their contact details – quantity they want to buy – my payment details.

11:45 AM: Shortened the URL using bit.ly

11:50 AM: posted my selfie pic with the bit.ly link along with terms & conditions in three WhatsApp group.

12:05 PM: first-order received with payment.

By 1:30 PM: All mangoes booked.

1:45 PM: Edited Google Form to take pre-order for the next weekend.

2:00 PM: Went to our carton manufacturing factory to collect boxes to pack and also got a digital weighing scale.

2:30 PM: my mother, brother, and I along with two maids started to put all the mangoes into boxes.

3.15 PM: Delivery started.

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Order was taken on: Google form

Marketed on: Whatsapp

Payment received on: PhonePe

Delivery through: WeFast & Dunzo

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4 PM: My mother: Chinmay how much money have you received?

Me: I told XXX number

My mother: See, how much profit your mother made in one day!

Me: Ma, it is sales, not profit.

My mother: but I take care of the farm, so whatever money I earn from it, it is my profit.

My father overheard the conversation and said: Money towards the sale of boxes from my factory not yet received?

My mother: you eat 2-3 mangoes every day from my farm. First, pay for that!

Me: (in my mind) hmm…. let me dare not ask for my sales commission.

It’s their 44th Wedding Anniversary… still seeing them fight like tom & jerry is priceless!

A lesson that I am yet to learn:

selectively talk about numbers with my mother.

As Albert Einstein said,

“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.”