Hawker of Greens and old lady selling Idli
( I had heard of this old story earlier but yesterday it was posted by my friend Bhanu Ravi. My acknowledgement to him and if only this lesson is learnt by our business people…)
1.Once a very tired hawker of greens,
Wandered all over the town,
Without being able to sell,
Atleast one bundle of amaranth
2,when she was about to collapse,
She was called an old lady ,
Minding her way side shop,
Selling fluffy idlis and crunchy vadais
2. That old lady asked the hawker of greens ,
How much do you charge for this bundle of green,
And the hawker whose face lit up with expectation,
Replied in a voice loaded with anxiety “Five rupees per bundle”
3. Then the old lady laughed loudly and jeeringly,
And told “If it is one rupee per bundle ,
I would definitely buy two bundles from you .
And the hawker lady told ,” No madam , it is too less.”
4.The haggling went on for more than thirty minutes,
The deal was struck and the old woman bought ,
Three bundles for a complete four rupees,
But suddenly saw the hawker fainting and falling due to hunger.
5. The old woman rushed near her , sprinlkled,
Some water on her face , woke her up ,
And gave her four of her fluffy idlis ,
And one of her crunchy Vada, which the hawker ate.
6.With tears in her eyes the hawker returned back,
The four rupees which she just got and told,
“Madam thank you , this is the only money I have”.
And the old woman with a smile refused to accept any payment.
7.The old woman’s son , watching all this great drama,
Asked his mother, “Ma , I do not understand you ,
For four rupee cost you haggled thirty minutes,
But gave her food that is worth twenty rupees.”
8.The old woman replied, “True my dear son.
When I am doing business , there is no charity there,
And when I am giving charity , there is no business there”
This has been the lesson that my life has taught me.”