Baba Ka Dhaba To Parvathy Amma, 5 Street Vendors Who Went Viral Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

From Kanta Prasad’s heart-touching story to Parvathy Amma’s hard work, the pandemic affected the livelihood of street vendors tremendously. Here’s the story of those who emerged victorious

Mamta Raut

December 30, 2020

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The year 2020 was one of the most tumultuous years that humanity has ever faced. This weird year made humanity suffer a lot. However, a few heroic stories of elderly people that surfaced online left everyone inspired. From selling food to earning bread, these stories continued to spread positivity, raising hopes in everyone’s mind. Here, we have compiled the tale of five street vendors whose went viral this year.

1) Baba Ka Dhaba

The Delhi-based eatery ‘Baba ka Dhaba’ went viral on the internet after the release of its owner’s heart-wrenching video. After a YouTuber shared the emotional video of Kanta Prasad addressing the problem he is facing amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the eatery received tremendous love and support from netizens. In the viral clip, viewers could see Kanta Prasad showing the amount of food that goes to waste on a daily basis, as customers stopped visiting his stall. While sharing his ordeal, Kanta cried as he did not have any other source of income left. After the video went viral, Baba Ka Dhaba’s business flourished as people including Bollywood stars began visiting his shop in huge numbers.

2) Chhanga Lal Baba

85-year-old Chhanga Lal is a hardworking man who sells Bhel Puri in Faridabad. Just like Baba Ka Dhaba even his story went viral on the internet when a food blogger showcased his story. Lal’s son is paralysed and he has three children to feed. The 85-year-old earns bread for his family with the help of his daughter-in-law. After his story reached netizens, many collected donations to help him out during the pandemic.

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3) Burger Amma

Burger Amma is a 77-year-old lady who along with her husband runs a tiny burger stall in Delhi. The elderly couple lost five children at an early age. Now, the tiny burger is their only source of income to run their family which consists of three daughters.

4) Elderly couple selling tea

After being heinously abused by their son, an elderly took to sell tea at Rs. 10 in Dwarka to make their daily needs met. With a fractured hand and broken back, this couple did not give hope and opted for a hardworking way to survive. A donation of 10,000 was collected for the couple to help them install a proper tea stall.

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5) Parvathy Amma

Parvathy Amma is another elderly woman whose business was affected amidst the outbreak of the pandemic. Parvathy sells a meal plate for Rs. 50 to earn money.

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