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This woman and her husband sell paranthas to fund her PhD

Think Change India
9th Aug 2017
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In Thiruvananthapuram's Technopark, there is a food joint where one can find a couple cooking paranthas together. Sneha Limbgaomkar is a PhD student in Kerala and her husband, Premshankar Mandal, quit his job at the CAG office in Delhi to be with her. They are doing this to ensure Sneha is able to complete her PhD without any hassles.

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Maharashtrian Sneha met Premshankar, who is from Jharkhand, on Orkut and they eventually fell in love. Despite their parents’ disapproval, they decided to get married in 2016. Premshankar was studying in Delhi in this phase. She had a keen interest in studies, and therefore, wanted to do a PhD. He was extremely supportive of Sneha’s decision and wanted to do everything in his capacity to ensure she fulfils her dreams.

Sneha soon received a post-doctorate fellowship at Kerala University to complete her research. Sneha first came to Kerala for her MPhil in 2014 and has been staying there since. Premshankar, who is a graduate in social work, quit his job to join her in Kerala. When Sneha’s money from her fellowship ran out, he decided to open a parantha joint to ensure her work continues seamlessly.

Sneha’s campus is at a 10-minute distance from the food joint so she joins him as soon as she is done with her work. At the joint, apart from paranthas, they sell dosas and omelettes as well. Prem says that apart from utilising the money they earn for their everyday needs, they have also been saving for their future.

Sneha wants to complete her studies and become a scientist. She wishes to move to Germany in the future, where her opportunities for research would expand. Premshankar also wishes to open a restaurant once Sneha has fulfilled her dreams.


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