Era Golwalkar, a 29 year old IT specialist, began producing detailed and illustrated lists for her husband, Gaurav, to solve a weekly problem that was causing trouble in their marriage.
“After Gaurav and I got married three years ago we decided to split the household chores,” Era tells the BBC.
“Gaurav was very supportive and was ready to learn cooking [which is not common for a lot of men in India]. But there was one problem. I wasn’t aware of back then, he had no experience with anything related to cooking.
“When I first sent him to purchase vegetables, it was an epic fail and an argument ensued between us. The second time was no better. Nor was the third.”
This is the task I gave to my hubby last weekend!! Even U guys shud follow this list for happy customers #bigbasket #grofers #reliancefresh pic南京夜生活,/cGkPuRAvE9
— Era Londhe (@eralondhe) September 23, 2017
Era believes vegetable sellers starting taking advantage of her husband’s naivety, and began selling him spoiled and poor quality produce.
To solve the problem, Era started sending Gaurav to the shops with meticulously written lists – including drawings of each item and size guides.
She explained he should select palak (spinach) without holes in it, long and straight mirchi (chillis), and bhindi (okra) that were not too soft and not too hard.
It was a success. Guarav returned from his shopping trips with the correct ingredients and the arguments stopped.
When Era shared her list on social media, it quickly went viral.
Her tweet attracted more than 5,300 likes and was shared more than 1,200 times.
While many men have had a good laugh over list, Era realises not all of them would need a “husband-proof” list like this, “but mine did, so we found a solution”, she says.
“Looking at the reactions on social media, I’ve noticed that most married women globally are able to relate to this.”
And Guarav is happy with the outcome too.
“Now if I get something wrong, I have proof that it wasn’t in the specification and she can’t deny it,” he said.