80-Year-Old Rotiwali Amma From Agra Selling Thalis Seeks Help For Her Stall

Rotiwali Amma Agra
by Sanjana Shenoy
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We’ve all had those college-broke days when we sometimes couldn’t afford lavish meals. Simple yet wholesome roadside thalis came to our rescue. Dal, rice, sabzi and roti prepared by humble street vendors brought a smile on our faces. It left us feeling nourished and reminded us of ghar ka khaana. During our broke days, these street vendors and their delicious meals came to our rescue. So, now during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time we come to their rescue. 80-year-old Bhagwan Devi aka Rotiwala Amma from Agra selling nourishing ₹20 thalis now seeks help to revive her roadside stall. Read on to know more about her story.

Rotiwali Amma From Agra Needs Help To Revive Her Stall

Recently, we drew your attention to Delhi’s Shyam Rasoi. This kitchen serves wholesome thalis for just ₹1 to over 1000 people daily including the poor and the financially well to do people of the city. Similarly, Agra’s Rotiwali Amma serves thalis containing roti, dal, vegetables and rice to people including rickshawallas and labourers. Her temporary roadside stall near St John’s College in Agra has been famous for its ₹20 thalis.

Rotiwali Amma Agra

Picture Credits: ANI

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The widow runs this stall for the past 15 years. And just like Delhi’s Baba Da Dhaba, Faridabad’s Chhanga Lal Baba and Kerala’s Parvathy Amma, Rotiwali Amma too suffered scarcity of customers due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown. She also faces a threat of being turned away from the footpath where she runs her stall.

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80-Year-Old Amma Needs Help To Fend For Herself & Set Up A Permanent Stall

In an interview with Hindustan Times, 80-year-old Rotiwali Amma revealed that she runs this small eatery to earn a livelihood. Unfortunately, her two sons turned their backs against her and don’t look after her. This thali stall helps her fend for herself. She stated to Hindustan Times “Nobody is helping me. Had somebody been there with me, I won’t have faced this situation. Most of the time, I am asked to leave this place. Where will I go? My only hope is if I get a permanent shop. Well, netizens, especially people from Agra, do visit the Rotiwali Amma’s humble stall near St John’s College. Show her lots of love and support. Create awareness for not only her stall but for also for your neighbourhood street vendors. 

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