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This Gurugram woman started a kulchha-chana thela to save her family from financial crisis

Thanks to a Facebook post that went viral, graduate-wife-and-mom Urvashi Yadav's food stall has become an Internet sensation; she now dreams of starting her own restaurant.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 2, 2016 7:27:21 pm
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Of all the evils that can be listed against the growing web of social media, there are stories such as this one that gladden the heart and restore one’s faith not only in the good of technology but also in humanity.

For Urvashi Yadav, a food vendor in Gurugram’s Sector 14 market – under the peepal tree and opposite Gulab Sweets to be exact – life has been chaotic over the past couple of months. And thanks to a Facebook post/blog called Soul-stirrings by Sunali, it seems that it could take a turn for the better.

Yadav is a graduate, a loving wife and a doting mother of two. Till a month back, Yadav was just another Gurugram resident, working as a nursery teacher and taking care of her family. But things changed when her husband met with an accident in May and the doctors said he’s need a hip surgery. Because of his injuries, Yadav’s husband – the primary earner in the family – had lost his job. Instead of blaming fate and waiting for funds to run out, she decided to do something constructive.

Yadav opened a food stall/thela, selling kulchha-chana and sabzi-paranthas. Sunali’s post talks about Yadav’s decision in the most inspiring words:
“#Urvashi is a graduate.
She was going through a rough time in her life. She wanted to do something about it .
She wanted to contribute to the income of her family.
A great cook , who had always dreamt of opening a restaurant someday. She started thinking on those lines. But she soon realised that this would need lot of investment.
Her spirit did not fade.
That night she decided she would open a small Thela and start her business on the road
.As soon as her Thela was ready. She was out to take her flight.
Next morning , She pulled her Thela to take it to the nearby market. Halfway to the market, she and her assistant boy were exhausted.
So they decided to stop under the peepal tree .
And that’s where her food Thela started.
She says this is just the beginning …!!”

This post, one of many similarly inspiring ones on the Facebook blog, went viral. People sought out Yadav’s stall to go and eat there. In an interview with Vagabomb, Yadav said, “We weren’t facing any immediate financial crisis, but the thought of it scared me. I never wanted to be in a position where I would have to change my children’s school just because we couldn’t afford their education. I had an idea but I didn’t want to ask my family for money, because if it hadn’t worked, I would have been in even more trouble, financially…My husband’s accident really shook me up. I tried to imagine our family without his income and the future looked grim. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands. I am good at cooking and I decided to use that skill to my advantage. The more acceptable option, according to our family and the society, would have been to open a restaurant or a catering business. But I didn’t have the funds for that. I was thinking about all of this one day when I was in the market to buy medicines for my husband, and I saw a roadside thela.” That’s where she got the idea to start her own; though her kids and in-laws were against it, she had her husband’s support.

Till the Facebook post by Sunali Anand Gaur, Yadav was doing just about okay. But once the post went viral, she was completely overwhelmed by the response. Not only did customers increase manifold, but Gurugram residents came forth with help and encouragement. Reportedly, Yadav is now saving up to buy a food truck, and eventually open a restaurant.

Yadav’s story of grit and determination is truly inspirational, and no one could say it better than Sunali – the girl responsible for bringing Yadav under the radar – herself: “Strong Women don’t want Pity, They don’t get knocked down, They Stand Up and Deal with every Situation !!!”

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