The moment you step into this cafe, you know there is something special about the place. Is it the plastic chairs, the white coloured tables, the standee which reads – ‘Working hard is the key for good life, but no one can work empty stomach’? Or is it the 23-year-old owner sitting behind the cash counter?
‘Food here is served with love and affection’, reads the quote written on the entrance to Aditi’s corner.
A tiny cafe located in Navi Mumbai, it is missed by no one.
Aditi’s corner was started on 1 January 2016 and it serves all kinds of snacks – Maggi, eggs, sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc. The cafe also serves lunch which is prepared by Aditi and her mother Reena Verma.
“Aditi always had a knack for cooking. Sometimes, she used to watch videos on YouTube and prepare dishes. So my husband, cousin and I decided to do help her realise her dream,” said Reena to The Logical Indian.
The family has a business of transport and distribution and the cafe is set up in the same building of their office. Aditi used to accompany her parents to the office, but her passion lied somewhere else; she wanted to start something of her own.
Aditi has Down’s syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects one in every 800-1,000 live births. But this never deterred her from chasing after her goals.
“In the past one and half years, I’ve seen Aditi change. She has become a more confident person; people come and tell me how good a job she is doing,” added her proud mother.
Aditi runs the cafe all by herself – client handling, phone calls, orders, inventory and accounts. Sometimes, when her parents are unable to pick her up, she takes an auto home, which is 6 km away.
From 10 in the morning to six in the evening, Aditi is in her cafe; and after a long day’s work, she comes back home and sits with the accounts.
“I love working in the cafe and always wanted one of my own. With my parents’ support, I have learned to manage the work myself,” said Aditi
Every day, she gets 70-85 orders and makes sure they are fulfilled.
Aditi’s parents support her on every step but they also know that giving her independence is essential.
“Accept your child for who they are,” said Aditi’s father, Amit Verma. “Kids who suffer from Down’s syndrome are lovely children and I feel blessed to have Aditi. The key is to give them space. They are thorough with their work and are dedicated individuals. Once you teach them something, they will retain it for life. There is no need to overprotect them. The children need to live their lives on their terms,” he added.
The Logical Indian community congratulates Aditi for showing immense strength to achieve her goals. She is an inspiration to us all. We also commend Aditi’s parents for believing and supporting her to achieve her dreams.