By Arré Bench Aug. 19, 2020
Chandigarh-based Harbhajan Kaur started her own business, selling homemade barfi and a variety of pickles at the age of 90, long after most of her peers had retired. Her success, four years in, has quickly turned her into an online sensation, and is more proof that age is just a number.
By most accounts, 2020 will be remembered as the least motivational year in recent history. Over the past few months, even procrastination has turned into a task that requires a whole lot of effort.
But while watching Instagram stories of more productive people mastering the art of life can be overwhelming, the story of 94-year-old Harbhajan Kaur’s besan barfi startup is a reminder that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
Chandigarh-based Kaur turned into an entrepreneur only four years ago at the age of 90. While most people her age had long since retired in favour of a quiet, work-free life, Kaur decided it was time to breathe life into her startup, “Harbhajan’s”, which sells homemade besan ki barfi and a variety of pickles — turning her into an online star overnight.
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It started after a conversation with her daughter, Raveena Suri, during which Kaur expressed her deepest regret — that she had never earned any money of her own. In an effort to help her mother stand on her own feet, Suri encouraged the then 90-year-old homemaker to step out of her comfort zone and start her own business.
And it’s safe to say that the effort has been a success!