When in need, we gather courage and do the best we can with our options. A mother of four daughters, Veena did the same.
Veena used to work as a maid while her husband ran a food stall in Amritsar. After her husband’s death, Veena had to take care of her daughters alone so she left her maid job and took over the food stall. A food blogger named Gaurav Wasan visited her stall in the city and shared her story.
Veena: Amritsar Woman Running Paratha Stall
The woman claims to make the biggest and the most delicious paratha’s Punjab. She sells a paratha for 30 rupees. Speaking to Wasan, Veena said, “Mata Rani ki Mehar se aur apni mehnat se me zarur is daur se bhi Guzar jaungi (With the blessings of Mata Rani and with my hard work I will get through this phase of life too).”In the video shared by Wasan, Veena is seen making parathas with one of her daughters.
The food stall owner’s story has now reached thousands of people on social media. So far, the post shared by Wasan has more than 87 thousand likes and several comments. Many celebrities have also commented on the post, praising Veena’s courage and the faith she has in the possibility of good times. Actor Aparshakti Khurana also praised the post by commenting a heart emoji. Many social media users lauded the food blogger Gaurav Wasan for highlighting the story of Veena and other street vendors he meets on his food trails.
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Before Veena, Wasan had posted a about an old couple who run a roadside eatery named Baba Ka Dhaba. The owners of the dhaba, Kanta Prasad and his wife had gone viral after that post. A number of pictures and videos were circulated on the internet in which one could see a stream of people waiting for their orders outside Baba Ka Dhaba after the viral social media post. Kanta Prasad was offered donations by several people who felt touched by his story. With the success he was able to open a new restaurant. However, the man suffered severe losses and tried to end his life. Kanta Prasad also accused Gaurav Wasan of cheating him. The matter was eventually resolved. Read more here.
As per a report by Citizens for Justice and Peace, India has approximately four crore street vendors and hawkers. Out of the large number, one third of them are women who sell at weekly and daily street markets. Most of them are seen helping out their their family members, either father or husbands. The women also operate with their husbands doing the back-end work.