Here you can see the list in full detail. For tomatoes, she told him to get "some yellow some red" with "no holes/crack," and that they should be 1.5 kg. And the specifics continued for the next other items.
The list contained even more produce, with complete instructions on how to pick the best ones. And it was all to ensure that her husband Guarav wouldn't mess up the purchases. But with all the detail she included in the list, how could he go wrong?
After Era posted her list, Twitter responded with gusto. People loved her thoroughness, and one person even thought she should get a Nobel Prize. After all, if she can stop couples from fighting over produce, maybe she can even bring world peace.
Someone asked Era if buying groceries is not something men typically do in India. Era said that the list was needed more because Guarav had not really prepared home-cooked meals before getting married, so he didn't know much about produce shopping. But thanks to her list, he now has a handy guide with him while at the market.
One person said that the list must mean that Guarav is "whipped." But in order to reach that conclusion, you have to assume that Guarav is unappreciative that his wife made the list for him. However, that's pretty far from the actual truth.
In fact, it was Guarav who initially shared the list on the social media, when he shared it on LinkedIn. He's clearly proud that he and Era have achieved this high level of grocery communication. But does the list really work?
In an interview with the BBC, Era said she made the list to solve a problem Guarav was having with grocers taking advantage of his lack of produce knowledge. "When I first sent him to purchase vegetables, it was an epic fail and an argument ensued between us," she said. "The second time was no better. Nor was the third."
After their arguments, Guarav started being more careful. "He would keep sending photos on WhatsApp to get my approval," Era said. "So I had to get to the bottom of the problem." And her list turned out to be the best solution.
"It did reduce our arguments is what I can definitely say," commented Guarav. "Now, if I get something wrong, I have proof that it wasn't in the specification and she can't deny it." So looks like this list is a win-win!
Whether or not Era can spin off her list into a book remains to be seen, but there's not doubt that it struck a chord. "Looking at the reactions on social media. I've noticed that most married women globally are able to relate to this," she said. "Even kids can relate to when their mothers tell them to go and get something from the market and gives similar instructions."