Mangamma, a 63-year-old resident of Bengaluru’s VV Puram, has been selling idli at Rs 2.5 and Dosa at Rs 5, for the last 30 years. Over the decades, she hasn’t increased the cost of her idlis and dosas.
“If I increase the rates, customers question me why one idli costs Rs 3. They ask 4 idlis for Rs 10. I can’t say anything about it,” she says.
Mangamma opens her stall at around 7.30 am and shuts shop by 12.30pm. She sometimes skips breakfast to attend to her customers. Mangamma’s daughter-in-law helps her in preparing the breakfast, and everything here is served hot.
Mangamma, who is a heart patient, started the business 3 decades ago, to support her family of four daughters and a son. 20 years ago, she lost her husband. Since then, she’s been the sole breadwinner of her family.
The pandemic made her situation worse. Since 2020, her business has been down. It’s not just her business that took a hit, but she couldn’t afford to educate her grandchildren since the lockdown.
However, Mangamma considers herself a fighter, and hopes to continue showing up her idli shop everyday.