Selling prepared Rotis, by setting up a small eatery near St John’s College in Agra for the last 15 years, Bhagwan Devi, a widow, known as Amma has been providing food to mostly rickshawallas and laborers.
Bhagwan Devi, who spent 15 years at the St. John’s Crossroads, having sold the rotis of the stove, is famous in the city as ’Rotiwali Amma’. She is 80 years old. Amma’s sons do not keep her with them, so Amma rotates them for living.
An 80-year-old woman who runs the eatery stall and serves roti, dal, vegetables, and rice for Rs 20 a plate.
Prior to this, the video of ‘Baba ka Dhabha’ in Delhi got viral and, now this Agra based ‘Rotiwali Amma’ awaiting for support in this time of the pandemic.
Like all other small and micro businesses, during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have gone through several difficulties. Even her usual customers get scares as of Coronavirus threat, and as she has a road-side eatery stall, which makes her conscious about being removed from the footpath where she sells her handmade food.
In conversation with ANI, Bhagwan Devi said, “There was a lot of trouble during the lockdown. Now people have started coming slowly but the number is very less. Earlier, they used to earn 200 to 400 rupees daily, now 100 are also difficult to escape. But with hope, she still awaits the customers.”
Amma says her two sons don’t look after her and that’s why she runs this small eatery to earn a livelihood. “Nobody is helping me. Had somebody been there with me, I won’t have faced this situation. Most of the time, I am asked to leave this place. Where will I go? My only hope is if I get a permanent shop,” she says.
As the news came up on Twitter, it gets flooded with many retweets, and people started sharing her story to support her to get back to normal amid a pandemic.
This is not the first time that the news went viral but before this, the couple’s video struggling to earn their livelihood has come up during the pandemic and went viral on social media platforms, to that many netizens, cricketers, and celebrities flooded help for the “Baba ka Dhabha”.
Rotiwali Amma’s videos also went viral on social media but unlike ‘Baba ka Dhabha’, it couldn’t turn out into sought, so she still awaits the customers.