In the times like these when the world is uncertain about most of the things around, internet is a place one can come to for positive stories from around the world. Acts of humanity and positivity that tug at our heartstrings are often shared on the internet that leave us feeling all warm. It is one such story that we came across recently on internet, wherein a street food vendor from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh served free Pani Puri to all visitors on Sunday. Free pani puri, yes, you read that right! This act of generosity came after the birth of his daughter. He decided to celebrate the good news with the people and all his customers with free servings of the street food, which everyone loves.

Anchal Gupta, a 30-year-old street food vendor with a chaat stall in the Kolar area of Bhopal became a proud parent to a baby girl. In a statement to PTI, he said "The birth of the baby girl is a dream come true for me. Since I got married, I always wanted a daughter, but I was first blessed with a son two years back," said Gupta. "Beti hai, to kal hai (future is possible with daughters)," he added. 

The interesting offer by him indeed enticed the people of Bhopal who turned up in large numbers to nosh upon the Pani Puri at his stall. Not only they enjoyed but also congratulated Gupta for both the birth of his daughter and his decision to share the joy with everyone. And guess what? He ended up serving Pani Puri worth close to Rs. 35,000-40,000/- from Sunday afternoon till evening. However, he said that the amount did not matter to him as compared to the joy of having a daughter. Isn’t that such a unique and special way to celebrate?


What better than celebrating it with that one street food that is unanimously loved across the country? Pani puri is known by many different names across India, and has crispy outer puri stuffed with a mix of potato, chutney, and teekha pani made with a host of spices! Want to make it at home? Here’s the full recipe!