After the success story of Baba Ka Dhaba, people across the country have been sharing similar stories of the plight of street vendors struggling to eke out a living.
Another heartbreaking story that surfaced on Facebook is of 86-year-old Chhanga Lal Baba who sells Bhelpuri in Faridabad. The video and pictures of Chhanga Baba were first posted on Facebook by a user named Vishal Chaubey.
His post read, “I met ( Changga baba) Age 86 years old, he working hard to survive life. Changga Baba’s wife is also not with him. A young son died and One son is paralyzed, baba lives for his family. Seriously Those who are around us also need our help and please if you can do something for baba so please visit changga baba chlta firta chana bhelpuri shop.”
Brother & sisters I request you all that – You don’t need to go delhi to support baba dhaba just look around yourself…
Posted by Vishal Chaubey on Sunday, October 11, 2020
Chhanga Lal lost his wife years ago. Of the two children he had, one of them is no more and the other is paralysed. With no one to help Chhanga Lal was forced to make living by selling bhelpuri on the streets.
Despite being hard of hearing and suffering from poor health owing to old age, he wakes up every morning in the wee hours, and pushes his cart around till about mid-afternoon hoping to sell some Bhelpuri. He charges a mere Rs 5 for a plate of bhelpuri.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, there have been several warnings for those above the age of 60 stepping out, but for people like Chhanga Lal, there’s simply no choice.
Thankfully he has a daughter-in-law to lend him a helping hand, she works as domestic help and has three kids. Baba told that he and his daughter-in-law together make an income of about Rs 6,000. There is also the cost of food, children’s expenses, medicines etc.
The pandemic has also posed a massive challenge in Chhanga Lal’s life. Speaking to Indiatimes Baba said, “Only god knows how I managed to survive in this pandemic. In the lockdown we got ration once or twice while there was no financial help.”
He lives in rented accommodation and has to pay Rs 1,200 every month. But despite his hardship, his hopes are up and knows that crisis will be averted. If you wish to lend a helping hand, here are his details.
Name: Changa Lal
Account No: 3224605014
IFSC Code: CBINO280299
Source: India Times