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All the talk of the perils of social media aside, there is goodness to be found on it, once in a blue moon. Those good stories, few and far between, are driven by people owning up to their citizen social responsibility in the most unexpected places. One such is the little #BabaKaDhaba food stall in south Delhi where the latest surprise tale began last night.
The story began with a tweet and a heartfelt video post on Instagram. It ended up being the happiest news of the week, driven by social media and responsible citizens and celebrities.
Here’s a backgrounder. An elderly couple has been making a small but comfortable living selling delicious homecooked food from a little kiosk they call #BabaKaDhaba in Malviya Nagar. Kanta Prasad and Badami Devi are nearly 80 years old. They have been eking out a living this way for the last three decades. They make just enough in one day for their daily expense and groceries for the next day.
However, the pandemic-induced lockdown and social distancing had forced their dhaba shut. Even after the Unlock in Delhi, they had barely a trickle of hungry customers since people are shying away from street food in the midst of COVID-19. They aren’t making enough to even get through the day.
Food blogger Gaurav Vasan posted a live video at #BabaKaDhaba yesterday. In the video, Kanta Prasad gives the senior couple’s daily routine which begins with an early cookout at 6.30 am. When the food blogger asked him how much he makes in a day, the man broke down and showed him his meagre earnings. He had made a mere Rs. 50 that day and started crying. The food blogger requested people to start patronising the stall and within hours the post went viral. It has more than 15 lakh views on Instagram.