This is a famous shop of Indian sweets and snacks in my hometown, Kolkata. It was not very far away from my grandmother's house, so we used to visit this place sometimes. Even after so many years, I still remember the tastes of some of those sweets. Particularly of langcha, a deep fried hot-dog-shaped sweet floating in sugar syrup! Eating them was like experiencing heaven!
But, the thing that I remember the most about this shop is something else.
One day, it was pretty late at night. We stopped by to pick up some sweets, when we saw the staffs of the shop serving food to the poor and homeless. There were hundreds of them!
When we asked what this was about, the owner explained, they do not sell sweets that are made in the previous day to their customers. So, at the end of each day, all unsold sweets are served to these people, for free! And, now that they know how many homeless people depend on them for dinner, they keep that number in mind while making sweets every morning.
I am writing this blog as a reminder to my future self. If I am ever able to run my own small company, I would want to be remembered the same way I remember this shop.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.