Kari Dosa Cart Is Fueling My Desires


In 2013, Veena Ambarish discovered renewed power and objective to stay as she waited in line to gather a certificates confirming her bodily incapacity. Earlier than that, she was misplaced and depressed, even making an attempt suicide after a life-altering bus accident took her proper foot and led to a six-month hospitalisation.

At solely 17 years previous, she noticed others round her going through extra difficult conditions, but managing to smile. Impressed by their resilience, she made a agency choice — she too may pursue the life she desired and obtain her desires.

Veena, a Class 12 science pupil on the time, modified to the commerce stream as a result of she realised she couldn’t endure lengthy hours standing for science sensible courses. Ultimately, she accomplished a Bachelor of Enterprise Administration (BBA) diploma, adopted by a Grasp of Enterprise Administration (MBA) diploma, and labored a couple of jobs as a gross sales officer in banks, put up which she switched to IT as a software program tester.

Lengthy hours at a desk job, sitting for greater than eight hours and tending to a household of 5, together with two younger kids — a boy aged six and a woman aged 4 — proved too troublesome. She but once more recalibrated, selected to be her personal boss, and determined to show her love for meals right into a enterprise.

She arrange a dosa stall in Bengaluru in April 2023, christening it ‘Kari Dosa’, a tasty deal with present in Tamil Nadu, particularly Madurai, the place the dosa is slathered with an omelette and a mutton curry on prime.

The meals stall now sees lengthy strains within the mornings, with folks patiently ready to savour totally different dosa varieties, beginning with a plain dosa for Rs 10, to mutton kari dosa, rooster kari dosa, prawn kari dosa, and extra.

Run by the affable 30-year-old, folks flip up from totally different components of the town to have this delicious deal with, leaving with a smile and a full tummy.

Turning round life at 17

Veena runs 'Kari Dosa', a food cart in JP Nagar, Bengaluru
Veena runs ‘Kari Dosa’, a meals cart in J P Nagar, Bengaluru

Veena led a cheerful, busy life earlier than the fateful day in July 2012. She was a Class 12 science pupil and a Bharatanatyam dancer getting ready for her arangetram (debut on-stage efficiency as soon as a pupil finishes coaching in classical dance) the following 12 months.

On the best way to varsity, she was crossing the street when a BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Company) bus jumped the sign and rode over her proper leg. “The bus first touched me and I fell down, after which a tyre rode over my proper leg. Fortunately, I used to be sporting heels that day, as a consequence of which, a number of the stress was absorbed by it. I don’t even bear in mind what occurred after that,” Veena tells The Higher India.

Her proper leg was so badly affected that she had to spend so much of time within the hospital. Medical doctors tried other ways to assist salvage her foot, however three surgical procedures failed, and at last, a pores and skin graft was carried out.

“Since I used to be a rising baby, makes an attempt by medical doctors to make use of flesh from my left thigh to rebuild my foot failed. They tried unsuccessfully thrice and located that nothing labored. They lastly grafted some pores and skin and instructed me that I needed to stay with it. It’s nonetheless very delicate and I’ve to bandage it day by day earlier than stepping out. I used to be bedridden for six months,” she provides.

Veena runs Kari dosa food cart in Bengaluru
Veena introduced ‘kari dosa’ to Bengaluru after noticing it wasn’t simply accessible.

After leaving the hospital, Veena managed to stroll for 2 years with a strolling stick. At first, it was extremely laborious as a consequence of extreme ache. She underwent three surgical procedures with backbone anaesthesia, leading to backbone issues and a weakened spine. This era marked her lowest level as she fearful about her future.

“My life revolved round dance. Now, I may now not dance or pursue science. I felt depressed and questioned what would occur to my hopes and desires after I couldn’t even stroll three steps with out wincing. I tried suicide too,” she says.

Her wake-up name got here within the type of a go to to the Victoria Hospital to gather her bodily incapacity certificates. Right here, she met a woman who didn’t have each ft and had travelled to Bengaluru from Tumakuru, with an toddler in tow. Veena watched in awe as that girl fed her child and performed with him.

“My troubles felt inconsequential in entrance of hers. She was blissful and even managed to prepare dinner. She obtained her child from so far-off and led an everyday life. So I assumed why couldn’t I? I too may and would do all the things I ever needed,” she says.

Again residence in January 2013, with hardly two months for the board exams, Veena began going for tuition courses, assisted by her father. She managed to go the exams with an honest rating. Since going to varsity in a metropolis like Bengaluru could be troublesome, she shifted to Puducherry to her grandmother’s place and pursued her levels there.

After her post-graduation, she switched jobs from banks to IT however the stress of a desk job was an excessive amount of to take.

“I had a undertaking with a South American firm, which meant workplace work from 9 to six adopted by conferences at 9:30 pm which frequently obtained over by 1 to 2 am. The stress on my leg led to an infection and hospitalisation for 15 days. That’s after I determined to stop the job in February 2023,” she says.

Serving a style of Tamil Nadu in Bengaluru

After quitting, Veena determined that she may comply with her ardour for meals and open her personal stall. Staying in Bengaluru since childhood and for work, she hadn’t discovered a single kari dosa place, which she craved. So when she considered serving one thing that wasn’t simply accessible in Bengaluru, she considered this.

Kari dosa, historically made with mutton kheema, originated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

She labored on perfecting the recipes and tastes for 2 months earlier than launching her meals cart in J P Nagar, Bengaluru. Initially, her household wasn’t in favour of her beginning this meals enterprise that requires bodily labour and standing for lengthy intervals of time, however she was firm.

“I needed to create my very own model and obtain one thing. I needed to push my limits and do one thing new every single day. If I may do a desk job for eight hours day by day, why can’t I stand for 4 hours?” she says.

From a comfortable job in an air-conditioned workplace, Veena now slogs it out on the streets of Bengaluru, within the vastly aggressive avenue meals market.

She begins her day at 4:30 am every single day and sells kari dosas made with rooster kheema, prawn thokku (curry) and mutton kheema. A plain dosa is priced at Rs 10, whereas the mutton kari dosa prices Rs 150. The stall is open from 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

Veena managed to finally persuade her household. She says her husband, a health coach by occupation, is her greatest cheerleader. He helps her arrange the cart day by day whereas she manages all of the buying, cooking and serving herself. She faces a number of challenges with standing for over 4 hours a day, however she pushes by as her thoughts is blissful, she shares including that she finds happiness within the satisfaction of her clients.

“Ache is all the things. It’s a must to tolerate the ache and discover methods to beat it. Take a look at people who find themselves in worse conditions and thank your stars in your life. That’s how I have a look at it. We will’t obtain something with out going by a wrestle. Life is about overcoming hurdles,” she provides.

Veena lives by the mantra: “Regardless of how laborious life hits you, be stronger than earlier than.”

You possibly can go to Veena’s stall at Cassia Block, JP Nagar seventh Section and attain out to her right here.

Edited by Pranita Bhat


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