Would you expect someone who lives in a house worth Rs3 crore and owns SUVs to serve at a roadside food cart?
Former school teacher Urvashi Yadav from Gurgaon has been doing exactly that since June to “build a safer future” for her family, reports the Hindustan Times
At first Urvashi, a graduate who speaks chaste English, faced resistance from her family who said the occupation was menial. She refused her father-in-law's offer to open a shop for her.
It was her husband's accident on May 31 that prompted the 34-year-old mother of two to change her occupation. Doctors advised hip replacement for him.
A day after the accident, she quit her job and 15 days later, she put up a roadside food stall. Urvashi said she feared a bleak future for her family.
“We may not be financially weak today but I cannot risk the future,” she said. “I realised that I will not save enough money by working as a teacher. Since I love cooking, I thought why not invest in it.”
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Urvashi says her dream is to open a restaurant some day. (Credit: Soul-stirrings by Sunali via Facebook)[/caption]
Her husband Amit Yadav, 37, works as an executive with a leading construction company and her father-in-law is a retired Air Force officer.
“I do not want my children to change school due to a financial crunch,” she said.
Urvashi’s stall has become quite popular after it featured on Facebook page ‘Soul Stirrings by Sunali
’. It described her as a “Shining example of Strength, Grit, Courage and Hardwork. A woman for whom no work is too small or too little”.
The post has already received 27,000 likes and 9,000 shares.
“I earn between Rs2,500 and Rs3,000 a day. I am happy with my income,” she said.
“It is indeed a big change for a woman, who lives in AC all the time, to sell food on the road. And definitely not easy for my family that owns a Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Creta,” Urvashi said.