In today’s digital age, social media is a powerful tool that can be used to bring about a positive change in society. For instance, when the video of Pune’s 85-year-old ‘Warrior Aaji’ was widely shared online, actor Sonu Sood set up a ‘Martial Arts School’ for the talented woman. Recently, people around the nation flocked together to help an elderly couple after a clip of them struggling to make ends meet went viral.
So as ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ was flooded with customers within a few hours, many people started sharing posts about other local businesses that need our help and support during these testing times. After all, there are so many other ‘baba ka dhabas’ around us that could use our help. Like, a food blogger shared a video of a 90-year-old man in her vicinity who has been selling ‘kanji badas’ for a living for almost 40 years. However, because of the pandemic, he has started losing customers.
Urging people to support local businesses around them, the blogger shared details about the hardworking elderly man.
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My kanji bada wale uncle 😁 He has been selling kanji badas for almost 40 years and as of today, he is 90 years old. Because of this pandemic he gets to earn only ₹250-₹300 in a day. His stall is in professors colony, Kamla nagar, Agra, near desire Bakery. I’ve been here earlier also and I hope you guys also come here, eat and help him as much as you can. You’ll find him here everyday, from 5:30pm. Also, if you know such places in Agra, DM me. I will try to meet and help them all and will tell everyone about them. All of us should help those in need. Start from your own area, your city and then see how it all changes and let’s try to highlight every story we are able to. #vocalforlocal #vocal #old #viral #supportlocal #foodvideo #viralvideos
The blogger’s efforts paid off as many people visited the elderly man for a delicious treat. In fact, actor Parineeti Chopra also shared her post.
I’m from Agra, I’ll go to him soon..
— PANKAJ (@ViewsOfPankaj) October 9, 2020
I’ll try to visit him, plus I love Kanje vade 😍
— • Kari • (@koberoi39) October 9, 2020
I live in agra ..kal he jata hun uncle ke pass
— you can’t be fake with me (@common_menz) October 9, 2020
Many people online not only shared the woman’s post but also shared details about other local businesses around them that need just a little help and support.
When I travel, I always try local eateries (Thanks for my immunity😅). I found this in a small town in karnataka. A Road side eatery. This wonderful breakfast for just 20 rupees. pic.twitter.com/5QQpMm6wNZ
— Monty 🐼🌈 (@Montey87) October 9, 2020
सिर्फ #दिल्ली में ही #बाबा_का_ढ़ाबा नहीं है, आपके आसपास हर गली नुक्कड़ पर कोई एक बाबा अपनी बूढ़ी ऑंखों में पानी समेटे और कंधों पर परिवार के लिये रोटी जुटाने का भार लिये बैठा है, घर से निकलिये तो एैसे लोगों पर नज़र रखिये और उनसे कुछ न कुछ ज़रूर ख़रीदिये ! pic.twitter.com/jbiODghMrp
— Haji Rafiq Ansari 🇮🇳 (@hajirafiqansari) October 8, 2020
I am from agra and seeing him from my childhood. And believe me , no one can beat the taste what uncle ji makes. Awesome. And, we have to support him also.@anurag877
— Lucky Agarwal (@ca_luckyagl) October 10, 2020
Sahi baat hai. It was really good to see people came forward and helped generously totally commendable but is it that only if something will get viral we will support it. I am sure we have many such in our known and nearby localities, they equally deserve all the help.
— WanderLuster (@JugniGhumakad) October 9, 2020
one can find #BabaKaDhaba type at every corner in country selling vegetables, essential commodities
disaster economy n #COVID19 have increased no. manifold
Those had jobs,business are on road to survive
They need help instead of supermarket buy from them
— Intekhab Alam (@Bhola4U) October 10, 2020
So, while such inspiring tales restore our faith in humanity, there are several others around us who could use our help during these testing times. From vegetable sellers to street food vendors, several small-scale businesses need our support to get back on their feet amid the pandemic. I am going to do my bit to help local stores around me as every little contribution counts! How about you? Tell us!