“Sometimes, my customers lose count on the number of plates of pani puri they’ve eaten, but they always leave with such satisfied smiles!
I hail from a small town named Kadru in Ranchi. It’s just a few kilometres away from MS Dhoni bhai’s place. I came to Hyderabad six years ago, along with my business partner, to start a chaat business on our own.
Becoming successful was not on our minds back then. We just wanted to do something on our own.
Before that, I worked at a local food stall in Bombay for three years, I have considerable experience in this field.
When my friend told me we could do good business selling pani puri and other chaat items here in Hyderabad, I immediately said let’s do it. I trusted him completely, and now I know for sure that it was the right decision. My only regret is that I’ve still not been able to pick up any Telugu.
I wake up at 6 in the morning to make the puris, masala, pav, and pani, and my day ends at 10 every night. Our dahi Puri and paav, are liked by our customers the most. By around five in the evening, my stall is crowded with office goers, retired officers and young students.
Business is going well but my only concern is my family. They are in Rachi and I visit them just a few times a year.
It is definitely not a good feeling staying away from the loved ones, but then again, I have made some loyal friends here in the form of customers. They’re like family to me, and make sure I never feel homesick.”