Bhagwati Yadav, a road-side vendor offering pani puris in south Mumbai’s Napean Sea Street for approximately 46 a long time, died of COVID-19 around a thirty day period back. His demise, nevertheless, came to mild not too long ago when inhabitants of the spot started off a fundraising campaign to assistance the relatives of their beloved pani puri wala.
Mr Yadav was famously recognised as “Bisleri pani puri wala” in and around south Mumbai for he employed bottled water for planning the preferred snack.
“For 46 years, Yadavji constantly put our well being initial by serving “Bisleri” pani puri. And his generosity understood no bounds as he would never ever shy away from handing out “Ek more puri,” a assertion on the crowdsourcing platform Ketto browse.
The fundraising travel, aimed at collecting Rs 5 lakh in 42 times, has by now been given a lot more than Rs two lakh in two days.
“He was the sole earner in his house. We are in touch with his daughter.We felt like serving to his relatives, so we didn’t assume a lot and posted an attraction on a crowdfunding web-site. We have been given Rs two lakh donation in just two times,” stated Yash Baid, a resident of Napean Sea Highway.
Mr Yadav’s concern for hygiene and authenticity set him apart from other road-facet vendors.
“The style (of the puris he made use of to promote) was extremely superior. He made use of to get ready everything at home. Today, folks use mixers but he utilized to make it on his very own,” mentioned one of Mr Yadav’s patrons.
“His actions was quite very good. I have been consuming his pani puris considering that I was 10. I am 25 yrs old now. But, the taste of the panipuris remained the exact same,” said yet another.
Bhagwati Yadav’s daughter, who is at present in their indigenous village in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh with her mother, explained she was overcome to see people’s appreciate for her father.
“Several of his buyers have come forward to support us. Particularly Girish Agarwal sir, who commenced the initiative on the crowdsourcing platform, has aided us a whole lot,” she claimed.