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From Dubai to India: 10 Kg of Tomatoes

Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/ partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2023
From Dubai to India: 10 Kg of Tomatoes

When you’re about to visit India, you may receive requests from relatives there. Perhaps they want a particular type of chocolate or a perfume or an electronic item. But chances are, you’ve never received a request for tomatoes.

That’s why the story of an Indian mother asking her daughter in Dubai for tomatoes went viral.

As reported by IANS, a Twitter user named Revs shared the anecdote: “My sister is coming to India from Dubai for her children’s summer holidays, and she asked my mum if she wanted anything from Dubai and my mother said to bring 10 kilos of tomatoes. And so now she has packed 10 kg tomatoes in a suitcase and sent it.”

Among the many responses was one from a Twitter user named Nayantara Bagla: “Best daughter award might be going in that direction for these times of inflation.”

In Delhi, tomatoes were priced at about 27 rupees per kg in January, but soared to 138 rupees in July due to shortages, according to a CNN report.

Sriram Gadve, president of India’s Vegetable Growers Association, told CNN that extreme heat from April to June had kept tomato plants from flowering and producing the fruits.

“It impacted its growth and that’s why [the] tomato yield this year was impacted by 70%,” he said.


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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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