The hard­work­ing chaat ven­dor of Kan­glung

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Kan­glung, T/gang

At five in the evening, Kan­glung wears a cold de­serted look. Devi Cha­ran bus­tles around like a bee as he ar­ranges con­tain­ers dis­play­ing his prod­ucts – chaat and pani-puri and bot­tles of min­eral wa­ter in his alto car near Sherubtse col­lege gate in Kan­glung.

Devi Cha­ran, 48, well known as Bang­tar works at the Re­newal Na­ture Re­source Re­search Cen­ter (RNRRC) at Khangma and he sells food items near the col­lege gate as a part time job.

He is vis­i­bly tired yet ex­cited as his first cus­tomers ar­rive.

“Three plates of pa­nipuri and a chaat for us,” a group of col­lege girls chirps.

Devi Cha­ran says that af­ter tir­ing of­fice work, it is dif­fi­cult for him to stand at the gate for more than four hours but he is happy that he can earn some ex­tra money.

His busi­ness is lu­cra­tive, the only chal­lenges be­ing fa­tigue and the cold in win­ter.

Devi Cha­ran started the busi­ness in early 2016. “I started it think­ing I could earn ex­tra in­come for my fam­ily,” he said, “Within a year, with the profit I made, I bought a se­cond-hand car.”

He said that the de­mand for his food items is high as there are no other out­lets pro­vid­ing sim­i­lar ser­vice. “Stu­dents, cab­bies and lo­cals are my main cus­tomers,” he added.

“Here is your chaat,” he says as he serves a group of school chil­dren stand­ing near his car.

Stu­dents en­joy Devi Cha­ran’s trade­mark spicy chaat but the smoke and dust from pass­ing ve­hi­cles trou­ble them.

How­ever, this has not af­fected his busi­ness at all.

Mean­while, his profit de­pends upon the num­ber of cus­tomers who visit. “Usu­ally, I make a profit of more than Nu. 1,000 ev­ery evening,” he says adding that his evening busi­ness can gen­er­ate more profit than his monthly salary.

“My busi­ness is lu­cra­tive and when I share about the prof­its that I make to my cus­tomers, some col­lege stu­dents are in­spired to start sim­i­lar busi­nesses upon grad­u­at­ing.”

His monthly in­come from sell­ing chaat and pani-puri ranges from Nu.15,000 to Nu.20,000 and some­times more.

His cus­tomers gather around his car for more than four hours. “I can­not stay with­out eat­ing a few pani-puris daily and they taste good,” says a shop­keeper.

Devi Cha­ran plans to buy a big­ger car to ex­pand his busi­ness.

As time passes, the crowd slowly thick­ens and much to his re­lief his pani-puri and chaat is ex­hausted. Usu­ally, he closes busi­ness by 8pm but with the peo­ple still stop­ping by his car he plans to con­tinue till 9pm tonight.

As the night folds in and the streets be­come empty, Devi Cha­ran gath­ers his empty con­tain­ers and ar­ranges them back in­side his car.

He rests in his car for a while, heav­ing a deep sigh of sat­is­fac­tion, be­fore count­ing his earn­ings. “One thou­sand five hun­dred, good enough for the day,” he smiles. He pock­ets the hard earned cur­rency and turns his car, head­ing home to pre­pare for busi­ness next day.

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