Thanks to the tremendous power of social media, several local sellers who had been struggling financially due the pandemic have got the help they needed to survive. As ‘Baba Ka Dhaba’ turned into a movement, people like Agra’s Kanji Vada Uncle to Mumbai’s Joshi Uncle have been able to stand back up on their feet again.
Yet again, people online have come together to show support to Kolkata’s Sunil Pal, a painter who sells his paintings for a mere Rs 50 – Rs 100 on the roadside. One can find him on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Golpark.
Journalist Aarif Shah took to Twitter to share Sunil Pal’s story. The painter is in his 80’s and is struggling to survive after he was abandoned by his children. Currently, he is facing a lack of customers. Have a look at the tweet here:
This is an artist, Sunil Pal. He sells his paintings in Kolkata, Gol Park near Axis bank. He is in his 80’s & has been abandoned by children. He’s struggling to have customers. His work cost only around 50-100 Rs.
As the tweet went viral, several people extended their support to Pal. While Richa Chadha retweeted the tweet, actress Sayani Gupta said she’d look out for him. A few others expressed their desire to send him art supplies and set him up with e-commerce platforms!
NGO’s can help him to sell his paintings .We can do our part by retweeting , to help dear uncle .Also in covid19 crisis , it must be very difficult phase for him and many more. Please help dear uncle in whatever way one can .
This is the power of social media. I saw this post on FB and shared. People started extending support from as far off as Canada. But what happened after Baba ka Dhaba incident I doubt if anyone would want to get involved on his behalf. Do help him directly if you can #Kolkatahttps://t.co/Zd7y2Qysic