Bhagwati Yadav, a street-side vendor promoting pani puris in south Mumbai’s Napean Sea Highway for almost 46 years, died of COVID-19 round a month in the past. His demise, nonetheless, got here to mild not too long ago when residents of the world began a fundraising marketing campaign to assist the household of their beloved pani puri wala.
Mr Yadav was famously often called “Bisleri pani puri wala” in and round south Mumbai as he used to make use of bottled water for getting ready the favored snack.
“For 46 years, Yadavji all the time put our well being first by serving “Bisleri” pani puri. And his generosity knew no bounds as he would by no means shrink back from handing out “Ek additional puri,” a press release on the crowdsourcing platform Ketto learn.
The fundraising drive, geared toward amassing Rs 5 lakh in 42 days, has already obtained greater than Rs two lakh in two days.
“He was the only earner in his home. We’re in contact along with his daughter.We felt like serving to his household, so we did not assume a lot and posted an attraction on a crowdfunding web site. We’ve obtained Rs two lakh donation in simply two days,” stated Yash Baid, a resident of Napean Sea Highway.
Mr Yadav’s concern for hygiene and authenticity set him aside from different street-side distributors.
“The style (of the puris he used to promote) was excellent. He used to arrange all the pieces at house. These days, folks use mixers however he used to make it on his personal,” stated one in all Mr Yadav’s patrons.
“His conduct was excellent. I’ve been consuming his pani puris since I used to be 10. I’m 25 years previous now. However, the style of the panipuris remained the identical,” stated one other.
Bhagwati Yadav’s daughter, who’s at current of their native village in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh together with her mom, stated she was overwhelmed to see folks’s love for her father.
“A number of of his prospects have come ahead to assist us. Particularly Girish Agarwal sir, who began the initiative on the crowdsourcing platform, has helped us quite a bit,” she stated.