In a society where many citizens struggle to secure meaningful jobs that align with their aspirations and offer substantial pay, the story of Dr. Sandeep Singh stands out.
Holding a PhD and four Master’s degrees, Dr. Singh made a bold decision to leave his position as a contractual professor at Punjab University in Patiala and transition to a rather unconventional profession – hawking vegetables on the street.
At 39 years old, Dr. Singh’s journey takes a unique turn as he finds solace and financial stability in selling vegetables.
He attributes this shift to the challenges he faced in his previous lecturing job, where delayed pay and salary cuts made it increasingly difficult to meet his financial needs.
“I had to leave the job because I didn’t use to get my salary on time and there was frequent pay cut. It had become difficult for me to make ends meet with that job. That’s why I switched to selling vegetables for the survival of me and my family,”
Driven by the necessity to sustain himself and overcome the financial hurdles of academia, Dr. Singh now proudly christens his mobile vegetable cart as ‘PHD Sabzi Wala,’ signifying his academic background even in this unexpected venture.
The cart has become his means of traversing neighborhoods, offering fresh produce to households.
For Dr. Singh, hawking vegetables has become not only a source of income but also a means of connecting with his community on a more personal level.
As he moves from home to home, his cart not only carries fresh produce but also embodies a unique story of resilience and adaptability.
Despite the unconventional career shift, Dr. Singh continues to pursue his studies.
After a day of hustling on the streets, he retreats to his studies, balancing the demands of academia with the challenges of street vending.