I started selling tender coconuts around 23 years ago, here in Mylapore, behind the temple. It was to ensure a steady source of income and independency throughout life. Having my own business meant being my own boss, but then, even a coconut business comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, earlier when I had set up shop here, there were barely ten shops around. But now there are over 300 shops and at least 10-15 of them sell tender coconuts. Increased competition means reduced business and lesser profits. Also, there is a change in the way people are consuming things, that is, the way they are buying products. Earlier, people in this vicinity used to visit the temple every day, have a tender coconut on their way back and take a few home. That is not the case anymore. Slowly, I’ve learnt to accept, change is the only constant!
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