The Curious Case of #BabaKaDhaba
Updated: Jan 29
Few days back food blogger Gaurav Wasan shared a video of an elderly couple operating a food stall by name Baba Ka Dhaba in a locality named Malviya Nagar in South Delhi.
The video takes us through the hardships faced by 80 year old Kanta Prasad and his wife Badami Devi during lockdown. There are thousands of such people who unfortunately suffered due to unprecedented but unavoidable lockdowns due to COVID19. Video being an effective medium, the story of Kanta Prasad stands out, touches our heart, makes us emotional and motivates us to help the couple some or other way.
No wonder the video went viral on social media overnight and reached over 3 million people. By the next morning, people crowded their small outlet - Baba Ka Dhaba, to relish hot food, to take away food or to find a way to help them by donating money via scanning GooglePay QR Code.
Since the video became viral, Baba ka Dhaba has seen a consistent flow of news reporters, customers, politicians and people of various companies.
An elderly couple’s life changed overnight with just a video posted on social media. Today, Baba Ka Dhaba located in Delhi's Malviya Nagar area, Kanta Prasad and his wife Badami Devi are known to all and people have been queuing outside it. Their story has touched the hearts of millions.
After #BabakaDhaba went viral, related stories of Agra's Kanji Bade Wala and Kerala's Parvathy Amma became viral again proving theory of emotions and empathy.
There are thousands of people around us struggling to survive with dignity, by working day and night. There is a need of giving a helping hand to them which may not cost us much but would mean everything to them. When their stories are shared on social media, they are bound to touch the hearts of people.