South Mumbai's 'Bisleri paani puri wala' dies of COVID-19, locals raise funds for his family
Yadav, who was well-known for cleanliness, used to serve pani puri using bottled mineral water, thus earning the nickname 'Bisleri pani puri wala'
Shocked and saddened by the death of their beloved 'Bisleri' pani puri wala due to coronavirus, residents of South Mumbai, especially Nepean Sea Road, came together to help his family. The residents joined hands to raise money for his family through a crowd-funding platform. To date, they have managed to raise over Rs 2.7 lakh.
A Twitter user Anjali B took to social media to spread the word. In the tweet, she said that Yadav passed away nearly a month ago due to COVID-19. "He sold pani puris for 46 years & prepared everything at home, hygienically," she wrote while urging people to come forward and help his family.
Bhagwati Yadav was south Bombay's beloved "Bisleri pani puri wala".— Anjali B. (@TheWayfarerSoul) June 25, 2020
He sold pani puris for 46 years & prepared everything at home, hygienically.
A month ago, he passed away due to COVID-19.
The residents of the area are fundraising Rs 5L to help his family. Spread the word & help pic.twitter.com/HH4yhwMZZu
Nicknamed as 'Bisleri' pani puri wala, Bhagwati Yadav was selling lip-smacking pani puri from the past 46 years at Rungta Lane near the posh Napean Sea Road.
For close to five decades, Yadav travelled from his home at Walkeshwar's Mata Parvati Nagar to Napean Sea Road to serve his customers. The delectable pani puri made him a household name in SoBo.
Yadav, who was well-known for cleanliness, used to serve pani puri using bottled mineral water, thus earning the nickname 'Bisleri pani puri wala'. Yadav passed away due to the deadly COVID-19 and is survived by his wife and daughter. After the residents found out about his death, they started a fundraising drive with an aim to raise Rs 5 lakh for his family.
A statement on the crowdfunding platform reads, "For 46 years, Yadavji always put our health first by serving "Bisleri" pani-puri. And his generosity knew no bounds as he would never shy away from handing out "Ek extra puri."
A screengrab of the crowdfunding page shows the amount raised so far
While speaking to IANS, Girish Agarwal, who launched the crowd-funding said, "He was very popular in the area. We have all been savouring his pani-puris and other snacks for years." Over 40 people from Indian and abroad have donated generously for Yadav's family.
Many took to Twitter to remember their favourite snack go-to guy.
Here's how netizens paid tributes to Yadav:
Very few people and brands are there that make their things very hygienically.— Sunny | Brand New Booktuber ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¥ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ»ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ (@readerjupiter) June 25, 2020
46 years?? He will be remembered as the ruler of SoBo's street food! âÂÂÂÂÂ¤ï¸ÂÂÂÂÂ
So sad.— Sakshi Narula (@mssakshinarula) June 25, 2020
May he rest in God's glory and may his family find peace in this timeâÂÂÂÂÂ¡— Houston, we have Non-EssentialâÂÂÂÂÂ¡âÂÂÂÂÂ¤âÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂâÂÂÂÂÂ§ (@wowrangutang) June 25, 2020
2020 is a terrible year!— Amrita / à¦ÂÂÂÂÂ à¦®à§ÂÂÂÂÂà¦¤à¦¾ (@acharjee_roy) June 25, 2020
You can donate for Bhagwati Yadav's family on this link: SoBo's Bisleri Panipuriwala
Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news
Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.comSubscribe