Breaking Stereotypes 1st Cafe Run By Woman In Kashmir

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Srinagar: Mehvish was just seven when she lost her father to cancer. The family of four has suffered a lot since then.

But Mehvish was not someone who would lose hope. Belonging from Lalbazar area of Srinagar twenty-five-year-old Mehvish now owns a cafe in Srinagar, the first in the Kashmir capital to be run by a woman along with her mother and her two siblings.

“Initially, they were hesitant to do so and told me to do something in my own field. But I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” says Mehvish, who started the ‘Me N U’ Cafe opposite Government Degree College, Bemina.

Mehvish said after her father’s death, her mother suffered a lot but kept the education of her children going. So, I wanted to do something to make her feel proud, she added.

“All three of us studied well. We all wanted to stand on our own feet. My mother supported our education despite facing many hardships. Our situation made me understand that a woman should always be ready to face uncertainties in life and be financially independent,” Mehvish said sitting at her cafe, which is decked with chinar leaves to give customers the feel of Kashmir.

Moreover, Mehvish wants to cater to the youth and has been appreciated by people of her age group, who are also getting inspired from her.

“There are people who always criticise because they can’t see a woman do things on her own. A lot of people opposed me initially but now I ignore them and concentrate on those who appreciate me,” Mehvish added.

A number of women lately are breaking streotypes and venturing into fields traditionally dominated by men. Mehvish, too, is contributing to change the dynamics.

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