The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all of us but has impacted street vendors and small business owners severely with some struggling to make even ends meet. The story of one such couple and their hardships due to the lockdown went viral on Twitter last night.
A user named Vasundhara Tankha Sharma posted a heartbreaking video by a food blogger. Sharma tweeted, "This video completely broke my heart. Dilli walon please please go eat at Baba ka Dhaba in Malviya Nagar if you get a chance. #Support Local."
In this video, the 80-year old Kanta Prasad tells that he and his wife start preparing the meals that include by around 6:30 am and are ready to serve by 9:30 am. Dal, curry, paranthas and rice are dished out in large utensils and are ready to serve at around Rs 30-50 per plate.
Prasad, in an orange shirt and a mask hanging from his face, moves the ladle through a dish containing what looks like matar paneer. When asked about what he has earned since morning, he broke into tears and produced Rs 10 notes from a box. They could hardly manage Rs 50 in four hours.
The video went viral and celebrities like Swara Basker and Nimrat Kaur also voiced their support for the 80-year old couple.
Delhiites sincere request to you. Please visit “Baba Ka Dhaba” in Malviya Nagar opposite Hanuman Temple. Please go and eat their food. I am sure it will bring smiles on this 80 year old couple’s faces.— @n@mik@ || A Human Fighting For SSR (@AnamikaRashmi) October 8, 2020
Can someone please tell me how can I help? #SupportLocalhttps://t.co/0rUUoLxAeE
Please share this video.— Dr Gaurav Garg (@DrGauravGarg4) October 7, 2020
Lock down has completely destroyed small businesses. If you live in Delhi please visit बाबा का ढाबा, It is in Malviya Nagar.
Please note that poor people want your empathy, not charity.
Certain users also hailed the Baba ka Dhaba incident as a rare positive moment wherein social media played a significant role.
#BABAKADHABA— Ankitkumarsingh (@Ankitkum6200) 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@ndtvpic.twitter.com/wIeVFUwpph
The outpouring of support to Baba ka Dhaba is a testament of how life always rewards the good no matter how good.— Gautam Kapoor (@gautamkapoor54) October 8, 2020
A watershed moment for the elderly couple and an epitome of how Delhi always rises to the clarion call of true sewa. Please donate. Jai Hind. 🙏🏻 #MalviyaNagarpic.twitter.com/BjNzfNNzyv
Baba ka dhaba has been sorted with the help of social media. There are so many local businesses that have already shut down or are on the verge of shutting down due to the pandemic. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help, do it in your capacity. #BABAKADHABA— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) October 8, 2020