Some stories are so heartwarming that their simplicity not only touches your heart but your soul too. One such story is of 80-year-old Kanta Prasad and his wife Badami, who runs “Baba Ka Dhaba”. Recently, many netizens came forward to offer their help after a heartbreaking video of Kanta Prasad went viral on social media.
While many are in awe of the couple’s courage as they are still working even after being 80+, there are many heart-touched how they supported each other through the toughest phase of their lives. Their love story is just another reminder of how successful marriage is about equal partnerships that are based on mutual respect.
While sharing their inspiring love story with HOB, Kanta Prasad shared how they were married to each other even before they knew what that really meant:
“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.
Then they started a new journey in Delhi. Recalling how Badami supported him at every step, he mentioned:
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!
Finally in the year 1990, they started Baba ka Dhaba. How this 80-year-old takes pride in being a 50-50 partner with his wife leaves you heart-touched,
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?”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Kanta Prasad and Badami for their equal partnerships. It is quite inspiring how they struggled with their life circumstances together with their deep love and respect for each other.
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