A tea-shop vendor, ‘Chhota Modi’ has become a hit among tourists visiting Gobindgarh Fort, a garrison fort dating back to the 18th century associated with the Sikh Misl period and the legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
He has proudly displayed “Chhota Modi Chah Wala” in Punjabi, Hindi and English on the top of his vend, put up in the fort.
Hailing from Kasti village of Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, ‘Chhota Modi’s’ original name is Chuttar Singh. On adopting ‘Chhota Modi’ as his alias, he said as he was inspired from the elevation of Narendra Modi from a tea vendor to Prime Ministership, he named his shop after him. He even adopted it as his nickname.
“The majority of visitors click photographs of his vend and inquire about the reason for naming the shop after the Prime Minister”.
He sells a cup of tea at Rs 20, a cup of coffee at Rs 30. Besides, he prepares ‘pakoras’ of cauliflower and spinach at Rs 40 per plate.
A tourist, Vijay Benipal from Sonepat, said he came here with his family comprising six persons and enjoyed snacks with tea and coffee from the vend of ‘Chhota Modi’ after reading its name on the display board. He added that after conversing from the young vendor, he understood that he was in his early twenties and aspired to carve a promising career in his chosen field.