Mariyamma challenges destiny with biriyani sale

KP Jayakumar

The 42-year-old woman was born with paralysed legs.

Mariyama during biriyani sale

Cherthala: “I cannot walk. But biriyani prepared by me is really tasty. If it is not delicious, I won’t be here tomorrow to sell it,” says Mariyama who sells biriyani at a street here.

Mariyama has a good number of customers who are waiting for her to purchase the delicious biriyani. Every day, Mariyama will be present at Thanki kavala around 11 in the morning with a vessel of biriyani.

The 42-year-old woman was born with paralysed legs. Though, she cannot walk, she is not ready to be defeated in life.

Earlier, she was selling snacks near Arthunkal coast. As she found tough competition in the business, she opted biriyani sale as her new livelihood.

“If I sell the complete biriyani, I can easily earn Rs 500,” said Mariyama.

“I don’t plan to be rich with the business. I just want to make the money to purchase at least medicines,” she added.

Mariyama is running her small business amidst many problems. Her husband is suffering from cardiac disease. She needs to meet the expense of her husband’s medical treatment and education of two children.

Mariyama has been completing her daily household works and biriyani making by crawling on her paralysed legs. If she finds any difficulty to move, her husband will assist her. After completing works, she will head to the road on her wheelchair which is almost damaged. From the road, she will take an autorickshaw to take the biriyani for sale.

She is selling biriyani under a tree at Thanki kavala. As it is difficult for her to sit a long time, she used to lie down here.

“A packet of biriyani is being sold for Rs 80. When the business makes profit, I want to replace my old wheelchair with an electronic wheelchair. I want to give good medical treatment to my husband,” Mariyamma explained her plans.

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