This Inspiring Story of 80 Year Old Viral Couple Tells You What Life Really Is

 

If you’ve been on social media since the past 1 week, You already know about the viral 80-year-old couple’s ‘Baba ka Dhaba‘ located in Malvianagar, New Delhi.


 

Ever since the above video went viral, People around Delhi have rushed to Baba ka Dhaba to eat and help the old couple out.


 

Within 24 hours we saw pictures of the couple with a smile on their faces and with huge crowd around their shop.


 


 

So Humans of Bombay got in touch with the couple and here’s the story as described by the couple themselves:

 

“I was 5 and Badami Ji was 3 when we got married in Azamgarh, UP. The only memory I have of the ceremony is of her hair being tied in a braid; she looked like a doll. We thought we were attending a party– we got to wear new clothes, eat ladoos, perform some rituals and go home.
We had no idea we had been married off; so when we did meet, once a year, we’d reunite like old friends. As we grew older, the responsibilities of being ‘pati’ and ‘patni’ became clearer, but before we could understand more, Badami Ji came to live with me as my wife at the age of 21.
Our friendship slipped into love before we knew it– we’d grown up together and known each other our whole life. We’re luckier than most, but we knew from the start that we didn’t want our children to have the same fate as us. So when I held our daughter for the first time and she looked at me with big, round eyes, I decided to leave UP.
We packed our bags and moved to Delhi in 1961. Here, I became a fruit seller. I would leave early in the morning to get fruits from the mandi and Badami Ji would set up the stall. In the afternoons, we’d switch duties– Badami Ji would take over; she was a better saleswoman than me!
Eventually, as our family grew to 5, we began selling vegetables– we had our fair share of good and bad days. But we’d keep going for the times when we could afford chai and biscuit from the nearby tapri. My favourite day is Friday though… because on Fridays, Badami Ji makes aloo baingan!
As our kids grew older, to earn more, we opened a chai stall. Initially, it took a toll on us financially, but Badami Ji had faith in me and my cooking. I remember asking her, ‘Nahi chala toh?’ She smiled and said, ‘Koi baat nahi, kuch aur karengey!’ I wouldn’t have had the courage to do anything without her. She may look small, but she has a strong willpower!
So, in 1990, after hitting a half-century, we started Baba Ka Dhaba! Badami Ji does the chopping, while I prepare the dishes. There is no ‘aadmi ka kaam’ or ‘aurat ka kaam’ in our house; 50-50 partners hain hum!
But after lockdown, our business suffered; my older son also lost his job. We were barely scraping by– the food we cooked was going to waste and we had run out of money to buy vegetables. Lekin waqt hain, badalta rehta hain– out of nowhere, a stranger came to our Dhaba, took our video… and the next day, we woke up to a line outside!
Since then, all news people, company walas and customers have been coming and going. But when you were talking to Badami Ji just now, I overheard her saying, ‘Dekho iss umar mein bhi kitni mehnat karte hain!’ Yeh toh best compliment hua na, madamji?”

 

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“I was 5 & Badami Ji was 3 when we got married in Azamgarh, UP. The only memory I have of the ceremony is of her hair in a braid; she looked like a doll. We thought we were attending a party–we wore new clothes, ate ladoos, performed rituals & went home. We had no idea we’d been married off; so when we met once a year, we’d reunite like old friends. As we grew older, the responsibilities of being ‘pati’ & ‘patni’ became clearer & at 21 Badami Ji came to live with me. Our friendship slipped into love–we’d grown up together & known each other our whole life. We’re luckier than most, but we knew we didn’t want our kids to have the same fate as us. So when I held our daughter for the first time, I decided to leave UP. We moved to Delhi in 1961. Here, I became a fruit seller. I’d get fruits from the mandi & Badami Ji would set up the stall. In the afternoons, Badami Ji would take over; she was a better saleswoman than me! As our family grew to 5, we began selling vegetables–we had our fair share of good & bad days. But we’d keep going for the times when we could afford chai & biscuit from a tapri. My favourite day is Friday though–that’s when Badami Ji makes aloo baingan! We then opened a chai stall. It took a toll on us financially, but Badami Ji had faith in me. I remember asking her, ‘Nahi chala toh?’ She smiled & said, ‘Koi baat nahi, kuch aur karengey!’ I wouldn’t have the courage to do anything without her. She may look small, but she has a strong willpower! So, in 1990, after hitting a half-century, we started Baba Ka Dhaba! Badami Ji does the chopping & I cook. There’s no ‘aadmi ka kaam’ or ‘aurat ka kaam’; 50-50 partners hain hum! But after lockdown, our business tanked; my older son also lost his job. We were barely scraping by–food was going to waste & we had no money to buy vegetables. Lekin waqt hain, badalta rehta hain–out of nowhere, a stranger came & took our video–the next day, we woke up to a line outside! Since then, all news people, company walas & customers have been coming & going. But when you were talking to Badami Ji just now, I overheard her saying, ‘Dekho iss umar mein bhi kitni mehnat karte hain!’Yeh toh best compliment hua na, madamji?"

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