Say Hello To Priyanka Gupta, The Economics Graduate Turned Chaiwali
Image Credit: Priyanka did her UG in 2019 but was unable to get a job in the last 2 years. Image Tweeted by ANI

The pandemic has been the starting point of various global issues that eventually affected the majority of millennials. While many struggled due to job losses, low wage jobs, earning a bare minimum, some couldn't even find any job. However, as time went by, we saw many people slowly and steadily starting their businesses and thriving. Recently, one such inspiring tale of Priyanka Gupta, an economics graduate, has taken over the internet by storm. It has not only inspired a whole lot of people, but has also started an important conversation around the issue of unemployment in India. After completing her graduation in 2019, Priyanka was not able to find a job for two years. That's when the woman was inspired by the story of Prafull Billore, popularly known as ‘MBA Chaiwala’, and opened up her own tea stall outside Women's college in Patna! Yes, you read that right.  

In a report in ANI, Priyanka said, "I did my UG in 2019 but was unable to get a job in the last 2 years. I took inspiration from Prafull Billore. There are many chaiwallas, why can't there be a chaiwali?" Interesting, isn’t it?  

And if you are thinking that it’s an average tea stall, you are mistaken. Priyanka offers a wide range of teas, costing between ₹15 and ₹20, and available in varieties like kulhad chai and paan chai. With many interesting flavours to try from, we are sure it’s a delight for tea lovers. For only ₹10, a customer can have some tea with a plate of cookies too on the side. She describes her venture as an ‘initiative towards Atmanirbhar Bharat’ on the menu card. A part of the menu card also read the famous line ‘log kya sochenge’. In front of that, she also added, ‘Log kya sochenge, agar yeh bhi hum sochenge to log kya sochenge’, that roughly translates to ‘what will people think? If we think this, what will people think?’. 

ANI had also shared photographs featuring Priyanka at her tea stall. Take a look at it here:


Her story has struck a chord with many people online as many have reacted to it. "You are very inspiring", one person said, while another said, "Today she is on the initial level and started a new small business but who knows one day she will be inspirational for thousands of people." 

Someone also added, “Wisdom, if it comes late, is still knowledge and useful. Feeling bad for her as she lost her two years, had she chosen this path or any other way of earning, things would have been better before. No work is big or small. Small can become big with the right ideas and strategy. Proud of you, girl." Isn’t it so great how a small initiative inspired so much? 

On the other hand, as expected many people also expressed their concern about the rising unemployment issue in India, and how it is driving people to limits.  

What do you think about her initiative? Let us know.