Anju Verma gained the nickname “Kachori wali Amma” due to her determination and dedication to her family, as she would open her modest shop every evening to offer delicious “kachoris”.
Anju Verma, a 60-year-old woman, exemplifies the saying, “where there is a will, there is a way.” Despite facing numerous challenges in her life, she earned the nickname “Kachori wali Amma” by displaying unwavering resilience and a strong determination to support her family. Every night, Anju Verma opened her small store and offered delectable “kachoris” to customers, showcasing her unwavering commitment.
The death of her husband put a strain on her finances
After her husband Vinod Verma, the sole breadwinner of the family, tragically passed away from a heart attack five years ago, Anju (60) found herself grappling with grief and the responsibility of supporting her growing family of five. Refusing to succumb to defeat, she made the decision to carry on her late husband’s “kachori” business.
Every night, at ten o’clock, Anju sets up her makeshift shop on vacant platforms in front of closed stores. There, she skillfully prepares and sells piping hot “kachoris” filled with a delectable combination of potato, soya beans, and garlic sauce, each priced at thirty rupees. Customers eagerly line up, patiently waiting for their turn to taste these mouthwatering treats and purchase some to take home, particularly during the winter and monsoon seasons.
How much ‘Kachori wali amma’ earns?
Anju, an elderly woman residing near Sunehri Masjid close to Kotwali in Shahjahanpur, earns around Rs 2,000 every day from her business. When asked why she chose to operate her business at night, she explains that it was primarily due to the absence of a suitable shop or the means to rent one.
Got her daughters married through the kachori business
Anju’s family consists of five members, including her son and three daughters. She proudly shares that she was able to arrange a marriage for one of her daughters with the earnings from her kachori business. Her youngest child, aged 20, is currently pursuing higher education in college.
When describing her daily routine, Anju explains, “I close my shop around 3 am and usually go to bed by 5 am. In the afternoon, before opening the store at 10 pm, I wake up and purchase the necessary vegetables, prepare the dough, and make the stuffing for the kachoris.”
Authorities help ‘Kachori wali amma’
Abhinav Gupta, the director of a local social group, expresses his deep admiration for “Kachori wali Amma.” He commends her meticulous preparation of the meals and mentions that he and his friends frequently visit her shop to enjoy freshly made kachoris.
S Anand, the superintendent of police, acknowledges the significance of a woman operating a store at night. He confirms that specific instructions have been issued to ensure the safety and security of both the vendor and her shop. Police officers have been directed to prioritize her protection, emphasizing the importance of her business.
Anil Gupta, the district general secretary of the BJP, reveals that he is a regular customer at Amma’s Kachori Shop. Whenever he passes through the neighborhood, he eagerly awaits the shop’s opening to indulge in their flavorful kachoris. Anurag Aggarwal, a school principal, shares that whenever he has the desire to dine out, he specifically chooses Kachori wali Amma’s place. He appreciates the deliciousness of her kachoris and the reasonable prices. He further mentions that even individuals with limited means can enjoy a satisfying dinner at her restaurant.