Earlier this month, #BabaKaDhaba began trending on Twitter. A video of the hardships being endured by 80-year-old Kanta Prasad and his wife, Badami Devi, who run a small kiosk opposite a temple in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, led to an outpouring of support on social media.
The video, shot by YouTube food blogger Gaurav Wasan, caught the attention of thousands of people, including celebrities and political leaders, all of whom sought to support the couple, suffering since the lockdown.
Soon after, Gurugram-based food delivery unicorn Zomato announced that people in Delhi could order food from Baba ka Dhaba. A source said the team was now working on documentation and other legalities of getting them online.
But Baba ka Dhaba was not the only small vendor that faced massive problems and loss of livelihood amidst the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
Data from National Hawker Federation reveals that more than four crore hawkers in