On most days, Twitter is a warzone where debates on every little thing abound. But some days are a happy exception, when this microblogging world comes together, to open their hearts and express faith in the power of love. That’s why for everyone here looking to make a change, the go-to phrase is: “Twitter, do your thing.” Because when Twitter does its thing, a heartbreaking story turns into a heartwarming one. This is what happened recently in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar at a roadside shop called Baba Ka Dhaba. On Wednesday night, a user posted a video showing the elderly couple that runs this small eatery break down in tears because the pandemic had made business slow.
Now on Thursday, pictures have surfaced of the man, identified as Kanta Prasad, flashing a big smile as people from the internet world have been dropping in at Baba Ka Dhaba since morning to have a taste of his food. Those not in Delhi and unable to visit are showering the 80-year-old couple with love and warmth, enquiring about donation gateways through which they can be helped monetarily.
Watch the video here:
— Vasundhara Tankha Sharma (@VasundharaTankh) October 7, 2020
Social Media Steps Up To Help The Couple
The video was originally posted by blogger Gaurav Wasan on Instagram with the caption, “80 year old couple selling best matar paneer. Inhe hamari help ko bahut zarurat he.” Conversing with the couple in the video, he asks them when they have been working since, to which Prasad says 1988. The menu is not luxury, but enlists basic items like dal, chawal, roti, sabzi – and honestly, isn’t that far better than pricey international dishes whose names we can’t even pronounce?
On Instagram, the post attracted celebrities like Karan Wahi and Harsh Beniwal who were willing to step up and help the couple. Meanwhile, on Twitter, actor Sonam Kapoor asked the couple’s details to be messaged to her, and cricketer Ashwin Ravi urged everyone to do their bit. AAP MLA Somnath Bharti even visited the shop this morning.
No, I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
Baba Ka Dhaba stands in Block B, Shivalik Colony, Opposite Hanuman Mandir in Malviya Nagar, New Delhi. This is how busy the shop is this morning:
— Sandeep Pathak 💫 (@PathakAKWarrior) October 8, 2020
Netizens visiting the shop have been posting pictures with Prasad and his wife, and the couple’s gratitude twinkles through their eyes:
— Bunny (@Bunny08953507) October 8, 2020
Since the trend has caught on, netizens are urging each other to find a Baba Ka Dhaba (local businesses and street shops) in their own cities that may have been affected by the pandemic, and help revive it. Despite his own shortcomings, Prasad in another video from today can be seen handing out similar advice – asking people to come forward and help others impoverished in the world as they did him:
— Ujjwal Singh (@UjjwalTweeted) October 8, 2020
After a video featuring the teary-eyed owners of #BabaKaDhaba in #MalviyaNagar went viral and was shared by the likes of @ReallySwara, & @TandonRaveena, the small eatery is seeing such large crowds that they sold out all their food in the morning itself#BabaKaDaba #SupportLocal pic.twitter.com/XsP68y0dZZ
— Delhi Times (@DelhiTimesTweet) October 8, 2020