On a hot May afternoon, Kanta Prasad and his wife Badaami Devi make for a picture of despair as they wait for customers at Baba Ka Dhaba, a nondescript roadside eatery in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar. The sight is so far cry from just a few months ago when a social media campaign, which saw help pouring in from across the country, seemed poised to end their troubles. Kanta Prasad Shut New Restaurant and come back to Baba ka Dhaba.
Kanta Prasad shut new restaurant and back to Baba ka Dhaba
Prasad and his dhaba had become famous overnight last year after a city YouTuber shared a video showing Prasad in tears, telling him how he struggled to make ends meet as business dried up. The viral video led to thousands of people making a beeline to the couple’s eatery for food, selfies and donating money. Soon he opened a new restaurant, added a new floor to his house, settled his old debts and bought smartphones for himself and his children. However, life has since come a full circle, as the new restaurant closed in February and Prasad and his wife are now back at their old dhaba where the sales, which saw a 10 fold jump after the initial YouTube video in October have slumped drastically over the past few months.
Baba is uncapable to manage fame and success- Somnath Bharti, MLA
Prasad’s wife Badaami Devi said they are back to square one. “All our money is gone. Our children are unemployed and we are old and cannot run the dhaba anymore. We hope the government will help us in some way,” she said, as Prasad nodded in agreement. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader Somnath Bharti, who is also the MLA from Malviya Nagar, attributed Prasad’s failure to multiple reasons, including his inexperience in handling fame and success, and managing the financial assistance and resources he got through various channels.
People’s observation is that there should be a proper system in place when it comes to helping people like Prasad. Expecting an old man like him to start new business is always risky as there will be people who would try to get benefits out of their situation and circumstances.