I started working in Sai Ram Chats near Hymamshu Jyothi in the late 90s or early 2000s and the first chat I served was Bhel Puri. I still remember telling my mom that I will make a living in Bengaluru when I left my hometown, Channarayapatna.”
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“The people of Malleshwara and around embraced this kind of food so well. I mean, even though on some days my chat wasn’t that great, they would eat it, and tell me they loved it. They somehow knew I would make it up the next day and they asked me how my day was, whether I had dinner or not. I never did that and then I started asking people all these questions. I started connecting with a lot of people that way and it is such an important thing to have someone to talk to, while you’re working.”
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“One thing I’ve learnt all these years is, feeding someone is such an important aspect of humanity, be it even single idli or a plate of Pani puri, people are happy going out from your shop. That satisfaction, cannot be replicated.”
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“To be honest, I owe a lot to the people of Malleshwara and the students who come and eat here because they gave us life, they feed our families and they don’t even know that. I am Loki.”