Spotted and Stained – Still the Sweetest


God has gifted us a life full of wonderful people and opportunities to learn from. If we keep our eyes open and brain receptive even a poor mango-seller can teach us something worth following. This is one such story of a 57-year-old lady, a mango seller.

Arriving in laden vehicles at the crack of the dawn, you will find vendors clustering the market every time you visit there, sometimes the faces remain the same and sometimes you will encounter different faces at the same place. Well, she is one amongst them.

Her day usually starts at 6 am. She buys mangoes from the wholesalers but most of the time it’s the middlemen who win the deal and hence she has to settle with marginal profits. The marketing place is invariably far from her residence. The conflict for space among vendors is an another issue. So she needs to set off early in order to register her space at the marketplace. She takes whatever transport is convenient for her to arrive at the market


Carrying large sacks of mangoes, loading and unloading them seems a tedious job, isn’t it.

After arriving, she cleans the space and then gets the mangoes arranged into neat piles. Irrespective of the heat, wind, rain and cold, she screams at the top of her voice in order to attract the buyers.

Life is very tough. It is even tougher for a woman to do so because women who sit on the footpath are often looked down upon by the society. Despite this, she still enjoys what she does daily to help her family survive. “It’s something I have been doing every day knowing working hard keeps my family going to live a normal life,” she says. She admits it may not be the best job but it does bring in money for their daily needs.

She sells her fruit from the front of the main road because it is a good spot and a lot of customers comes there.

The best part about her is that she never disappoints her first customer. She believes in luck from the first customers and so compromises with their bargaining.


“You really don’t care about paying 10 rupees more, but that means a lot to me”. That’s her innocent view on bargaining.

Every day she encounters different types of customers. Some of them being arrogant, she usually negotiates them knowing what this could mean to her. She behaves in a very humble manner, listening quietly to the thrashing of those buyers, accepting her mistake and replacing the defective mangoes with a fresh one for no extra cost.

Sometimes she breaks into tears when there is not enough sale, but she never lets her family sleep with an empty belly. She often cuts her stomach to feed her family.


Hardship in our society is something almost everyone experiences once in a while during their lifetime. But despite such terrible suffering, this lady teaches us the art of resilience and job satisfaction. It is her courage that keeps her afloat among the turbulence of her life and times.

Let’s take an inspiration from this resolute lady.