By Arré Bench Oct. 08, 2020
Last night, a video of an old owner of a roadside dhaba weeping because his business was hit by the pandemic went viral. Today, Kanta Prasad, the owner of “Baba Ka Dhaba” is all smiles, as Delhiites are queuing up outside his eatery. “It feels like the whole India is with us,” he says.
The pandemic has been cruel on small businesses. The impact it has had on the lives of people was heartbreakingly visible in a video shared on social media where an old man, the owner of a roadside dhaba in Delhi, is seen weeping because he is unable to draw customers.
— Vasundhara Tankha Sharma (@VasundharaTankh) October 7, 2020
The person shooting the video tries to pacify the man, now identified as Kanta Prasad.
“Roiye mat, koi tension nahi hai, upar wala aapke saath hai,” he says, appreciating the mutter-paneer and giving directions to “Baba Ka Dhaba”, urging people to come and have a meal at this roadside eatery in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar.
The video truly moved India.
Celebrities with huge Twitter following like Ravichandran Ashwin and Sonam Kapoor wanted to help the old owner of “Baba Ka Dhaba”.
I am not able to message you, but is there a way I can help that man?? I would like to contribute.
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 7, 2020
Hi could you please dm me details.
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) October 7, 2020
Bollywood personalities Randeep Hooda, Swara Bhasker, and Raveena Tandon urged people to visit.
Do visit if you are in Delhi! 🙏🙏
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) October 8, 2020
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) October 8, 2020
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) October 8, 2020
Others found creative ways to draw attention to the humble dhaba.
— Ashutosh🇮🇳 (@iashutosh23) October 8, 2020
Social media gets a lot of stick for promoting hatred and incessant trolling, but there stories like this that tell us the power of the medium. Now people are flocking “Baba Ka Dhaba”; Twitter is flooded with pictures and videos of customers queuing up outside the eatery.
— 🌠 Sandeep Pathak 🌠 (@PathakAKWarrior) October 8, 2020
And Kanta Prasad is all smiles. “It feels like the whole India is with us,” he said in an interview to ANI. “… it feels like we’ve many extended families,” his wife added.
The stall in Delhi's Malviya Nagar saw heavy footfall of customers after a video of the owner couple went viral. pic.twitter.com/nNpne6Arqs
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2020
The stall in Delhi's Malviya Nagar saw heavy footfall of customers after video of the owner couple went viral. pic.twitter.com/KG2WjQuYTo
— ANI (@ANI) October 8, 2020
— Bnd News (@BndNewz) October 8, 2020
He also has a poignant message to give, saying that there are many like him out there, hungry and with no place to live.
Baba message for everyone!
— Pushpendra Kulshreshtha (@iArmySupporter) October 8, 2020
It’s really time to go vocal for local! And Baba Ka Dhaba is a good place to start.