2 brothers in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib offer affordable food from their SUV on national highway amid farmers' ‘Dilli Chalo’ march : The Tribune India

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2 brothers in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib offer affordable food from their SUV on national highway amid farmers' ‘Dilli Chalo’ march

Displayed on their SUV, named Fortuner Restaurant, is a simple yet profound message: 'No work is big or small. The thing which is small or big is your mindset'

2 brothers in Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib offer affordable food from their SUV on national highway amid farmers' ‘Dilli Chalo’ march

The SUV-turned mobile kitchen near Khanna. Tribune photo



Tribune News Service

Mohit Khanna

Patiala, February 20

As tensions mount at the Shambhu border due to the ongoing “Dilli Chalo” march by farmers, a heartening story unfolds just 30 km away at Mohanpur village near Khanna.

Brothers Manpreet Singh and Jaspreet Singh are providing affordable food to commuters along the National Highway (NH)-44 in Fatehgarh Sahib from their SUV-turned mobile kitchen.

For the past few months, the siblings have been running their afternoon kitchen from a Toyota Fortuner parked on the highway, drawing the attention of farmers en route to the Shambhu border. Displayed on their SUV, named Fortuner Restaurant, is a simple yet profound message: 'No work is big or small. The thing which is small or big is your mindset'.

While Jaspreet handles the task of making makki ki roti, Manpreet serves food, which includes home-cooked sarson ka saag, dal, kadhi chawal, to their customers. However, their mission extends beyond just serving meals. Manpreet emphasises the need to change the mindset of Punjab’s youth, advocating for seeking alternative avenues rather than blindly aspiring for migration to countries like Canada.

“We have to form village-level committees, discourage petty political interference, and financially empower each other,” Manpreet said, highlighting the importance of community development and self-sufficiency.

Their unique venture has attracted the curiosity of farmers on their way to the Shambhu border. Many stop over and enquire if they have resorted to selling food due to the burden of loan payments for the expensive SUV.

“We reassure them that we lead comfortable lives. We have existing shops and businesses in the village and sell food during the afternoon to earn extra income,” explained Jaspreet, the younger of the two brothers.

The initiative taken by Manpreet and Jaspreet serves as a beacon of hope and resilience amidst the prevailing agitation, showcasing the spirit of entrepreneurship.

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