A widely shared video of a tearful aged owner of a small eatery in South Delhi, talking about how he had no customers, prompted an outpouring of support.
The video which was shared on multiple social media platforms was recorded at a small eatery called ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ in Malviya Nagar. In the video, the stall’s owner, 80-year-old Kanta Prasad, shows vessels containing dal, soya curry, and other dishes that are ready to serve.
When asked how much the aged couple earn in a day, Prasad says, “Earning? This is how much we’ve earned.”
He then produced a thin bundle of Rs 10 notes from a box and said that’s all they’ve earned. The couple said they don’t earn more than Rs 80 a day, despite starting their day early at 6.30 am.
“Ever since the lockdown, life has been very difficult”, Prasad said.
The video also showed how small the stall is and as Prasad is seen wiping his tears as the video ends. The man recording the video is heard promising to help them.
Watch the video here:
Since the video was uploaded it has been viewed over 80,000 times on YouTube alone. It also prompted an outpouring of support from people, including celebrities and political leaders, all of whom sought to support the couple.
The campaign also caused #BabaKaDhaba and #Malviya Nagar to trend on Twitter and multiple people posted images and videos of their visits to the eatery after seeing the video.
“There was no sale during the lockdown but now it feels like whole India is with us,” said Prasad on Thursday.
The stall in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar saw heavy footfall of customers after a video of the owner couple went viral. pic.twitter.com/nNpne6Arqs
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2020
Cricketer R Ashwin, actors like Randeep Hooda, Raveena Tandon and Sonam Kapoor were among those who sought to help the couple.
I am not able to message you, but is there a way I can help that man?? I would like to contribute.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 7, 2020
Do visit if you are in Delhi! 🙏🙏
Spread the word around.
Hi could you please dm me details.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) October 7, 2020
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) October 8, 2020
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) October 7, 2020
As the video went viral, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti also visited the stall.
“Will take care of them n I am starting a drive 2 take care of similarly placed people,” he wrote.
.@RICHA_LAKHERA .@VasundharaTankh .@sohitmishra99 .@sakshijoshii .@RifatJawaid .@ShonakshiC .@TheDeshBhakt Visited “Baba Ka Dhaba” n hv done d needful to bring SMILE on their faces as promised. Will take care of them n I am starting a drive 2 take care of similarly placed people. pic.twitter.com/S9A94AmJxK
— Adv. Somnath Bharti (@attorneybharti) October 8, 2020
Pictures tells everything……. This smile is priceless. Thanks twitter to bring smile on his face @SonuSood @DrKumarVishwas @narendramodi @AmitShah @ArvindKejriwal @msisodia @manojmuntashir @anandmahindra @imVkohli @GautamGambhir @aajtak @ABPNews @ndtv pic.twitter.com/wIeVFUwpph
— Ankitkumarsingh (@Ankitkum6200) October 8, 2020
To all my friends in Delhi: Please please visit baba ka dhaba for lunch. When I worked in delhi , I survived like many other young professionals on lunch from such dhabas. The food is almost always delicious and the people are all ❤ https://t.co/m2CyiJZkhP
— Mohan Kumaramangalam மோகன் குமாரமங்கலம் (@MKumaramangalam) October 7, 2020
— 🌠 Sandeep Pathak 🌠 (@PathakAKWarrior) October 8, 2020
We look at kittens and baby elephants to feel happy.
Today there’s some change.
Here are two smiling faces of human beings.
They are smiling from their hearts today.
They were crying yesterday. pic.twitter.com/6jnj2aSYaM
— Soumyadipta (@Soumyadipta) October 8, 2020
Dear DB Family in Delhi.
I know we are still severely restricted in our movements – but if around Malviya Nagar – please stop by at Baba Ka Dhaba🙏🏼 https://t.co/WXXVB1NZKL
— Akash Banerjee (@TheDeshBhakt) October 7, 2020
Later, food delivery app, Zomato also listed the Dhaba for people to order online.
UPDATE: baba ka dhaba is now listed on zomato and our team is working with the elderly couple there to enable food deliveries
thank you to the good people of the internet for bringing our attention to this ❤️
— zomato india (@ZomatoIN) October 8, 2020
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