Of Hunger and Small Acts of Kindness
Instagram is filled with food bloggers who post and advertise big restaurant and chains but there are very few people who appreciate the love that street food carries. I am pretty sure we all know Gaurav Wasan by now. You might have even stalked him. But if you haven’t, you should. With a following of over 3,59,000 on Instagram, Gaurav aims at promoting local vendors who put everything at stake and leave their households behind and come to cities so they can make some bucks for their family. You might find the kaka who sells aloo chat for 10 rs in his account. Gaurav has tried to bring the street food vendors to the notice of the public who stay around. He has tried to bring a crowd for the vendors whose stalls were desolate.
Gaurav is doing marketing and advertisement for those who can’t do it for themselves. He is using social media as word of mouth. Making people realise that the man they saw yesterday selling 10 rs Fruit Chaat, really needs those 10 rupees. Street food has fed both the rich and poor. A poor man ate a 10 rupees vada pav because he can’t afford anything else and the rich man just wanted to eat something new. But the one who’s selling doesn’t care. They just know their food fed a hungry stomach and the money will feed theirs.
Gaurav has been the reason for a smile on a lot of these street food vendors. He makes sure these people feel acknowledged and appreciated after working for years to earn minimum wage. So maybe the next time you are shopping, drink the 15 rupees nimbu paani instead of the mojito for 150. That 15 rupees will leave you and the one who sold it with more satisfaction than mojito will ever give.