Baba Ka Dhaba: Humanity exists proved by Netizens
Baba ka Dhaba – the name of the eatery owned by Prasad and his wife, Badami Devi – shot into fame over the last 24 hours with a video of Prasad going viral on social media. In the video, Prasad can be seen interacting with a Delhi-based food blogger, often wiping his tears as he elaborated on the modest menu of home-cooked vegetarian meals and how the Covid-19 pandemic hit his business.
Social Media is a Blessing in Disguise and #BabaKaDhaba is one of the livid examples and Thursday was one of the days which changed the life of an 80-year-old couple and his family that was on the brink of penury. Social media spun its magic with a video of Kanta Prasad tearfully recounting the desperation of the
Gaurav Vasan at Baba Ka Dhaba
months since the lockdown being shared widely across platforms — and customers made a beeline to eat his food as did camera crews, bloggers, and journalists.
Baba ka Dhaba, a little blue box at Malviya Nagar in south Delhi, was the cynosure of many eyes across the country, including celebrities from showbiz who posted appeals asking people to go there. The heartbreaking video of the couple struck an emotional chord amongst the netizens who pledged to throng the place in large numbers to help the elderly couple at these adverse times.
Madhur Singh along with Ashutosh and Golfer Arjun Singh Bhati #powerofsocialmedia
In the video shot by blogger Gaurav Vasan yesterday, 80-year-old Kanta Prasad shared that he and his wife Badami Devi usually started cooking at 6.30 am and were ready with the day's meal by 9.30 am. Dal, curry, parathas, and rice were kept in large dishes to be sold for around ₹ 30-50 a plate. Kanta Prasad, in an orange t-shirt and a mask hanging from his face, ran a ladle through what looked like mouthwatering Matar-paneer. When he was asked how much he had earned, he broke down and produced a few ₹ 10 notes from a box. Scraps for hours of hard work. They hardly ever made huge profits, but the pandemic has been devastating for their little enterprise. The couple gets no help from their children - two sons and a daughter.
Within hours, visuals of the old man wiping his tears racked up thousands of retweets and likes. Many offered to help the couple financially and others announced plans for lunch at Baba Ka Dhaba. Madhur Singh Aka "The Placard Guy" requested his followers to come forward for help and quoted "I've decided to be their waiter for tomorrow as I'm sure a lot of people will pour in after their video went viral and the old couple might struggle in serving the food to all. And then I'll see how else we all can help them collectively."He was the first to reach them in the morning and it was his and his team collective hearts that people got the medium to send their help to the couple as he shared the QR code of Kanta Prasad so that help could reach directly to the beneficiary. After the successful Campaign of #BabaKaDhaba, He is planning to repeat the stint and plans to carry more such initiatives in the coming days we need more people like Madhur Singh and Gaurav Vasan who are using their reach for the betterment of society
It is the rare case of social media bringing a smile to the face. There are many Baba ka Dhaba in the country waiting for your support,let's reach them out and spread happiness into their life.