“My name is Munar Saheb and I am 78 years old. My motive is to serve my customers with traditional homestyle veg and non-veg thalis at an affordable cost.
Growing up, there were nights when I had to sleep on an empty stomach. I have tasted poverty from a young age due to family circumstances. Those struggling days forced me to take up odd jobs at a young age.
I was working at a nearby hotel for many years. Later I decided to start something on my own where I can sell food at a very reasonable price that even the poorest can afford. With a lot of struggle and backing, I opened a small home-style restaurant in my house with the help of my family members. I started this in 1983.
Those days, I used to serve a token of full meals for one rupee. Now we are selling veg and non-veg meals for 40 and 60 rupees.
I can manage this shop only because my family is also involved in it. My daughters help me out with everything and work with me at the shop till midnight.
I don’t make huge profits but I do earn enough money to run the business, even if it is on a day-to-day basis.
The most demand is for the non-veg thali. There are a lot of people on the street who can’t afford food daily. But they come to my restaurant with a 50 rupee note and go back happily with a full stomach. That is enough for me.”