Somewhere in south Delhi, an elderly couple sells home-cooked meals from a tiny kiosk, that might have the best name ever: Baba Ka Dhaba.
Kanta Prasad and his wife spend every day making just enough money to buy the next day’s food for their menu and some days not even that. They have done this for 30 long years.
This week, the story of their struggle in the coronavirus crisis went viral, moving thousands of people, including celebrities, cricketers and even companies to action.
It all started with an Instagram post and a late night tweet. Vasundhara Tankha Sharma posted a video by a food blogger featuring the couple and said it “completely broke my heart”. She urged the people of Delhi to “please, please go eat at Baba ka Dhaba in Malviya Nagar”.
In the video shot by blogger Gaurav Vasan on Wednesday, 80-year-old Kanta Prasad shared that he and his wife Badami Devi usually started cooking at 6.30 in the morning and were ready with the day’s meal by 9.30. Dal, curry, parathas and rice were kept in large dishes to be sold for around ₹ 30-50 rupees a plate. That’s about 54 to 90 cents Canadian.
Within hours, visuals of the old man wiping his tears racked up thousands of retweets and likes. Many offered to help the couple financially and others announced plans for lunch at Baba Ka Dhaba. Among those who tweeted are actor Sonam Kapoor, cricketer R Ashwin, IPL team Delhi Capitals and food delivery app Zomato.
The next morning as they opened their stand there was already a noticable difference from the day before. Kanta Prasad, or Baba, beamed at the queues at his stand. “It feels like the whole of India is with us,” he said.
“We are very happy with the number of customers that are turning up now. We are grateful for the public support,” said Kanta Prasad. His wife added, “During the lockdown months we could not sell anything. We struggled to survive but today we are flooded with customers. We want to give our blessings to all those who helped us.”
This bit of social media outreach had changed things for the couple in such a positive way, and that is your Good News Story of the Day; which you can find here. But Kanta Prasad wasn’t going to keep this feeling for himself. In a new video, he had this message: “It is not just me…there are many others who need help, who lost their earnings.”
What a kind soul.
Story and Image from NDTV.com