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Kerala PhD holder takes up food vlogging to positively change lives

C S Soumya. Photo: Special Arrangement.

Vlogging is the new fad and this PhD holder from Kerala has taken up food vlogging to help those who are struggling to make their ends meet running wayside eateries and small shops. In contrast to food vloggers who focus on presenting content on high-end restaurant and eateries, 39-year-old C S Soumya of Kesavadasapuram in Thiruvananthapuram solely presents stories of those people who run small eateries to stay afloat in life.

Though Soumya, also a classical dancer by passion, has worked at Regional Centre of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Thiruvananthapuram for 10 years after doing her PhD in Sanskrit, she decided to start her YouTube channel “Dancing Mind” in July 2022 to get out of the boredom of teaching online classes from home during the Covid-19 lockdown period.

“My videos focus on unsung heroes of the culinary world. I have come across a lot of elderly people from economically weak background who are into making unique food and selling them in public spaces to eke out a living. My channel is all about highlighting them to the public so that more people get to know about them and buy their food,” Soumya told “Open Digest.”

With a keen eye for both social dynamics and delectable dishes, Soumya’s unique approach has garnered widespread admiration and support. In fact, she is using her channel for meaningful impact. Her videos provide a window into the lives and aspirations of those working tirelessly to eke out a living.

“By highlighting such people, I hope to not only support them but also foster a sense of connection among viewers,” she said. Through her vlogs, she not only tantalises taste buds but also nourishes the spirit of resilience and solidarity.

“My dream is to have a home where these elderly, orphaned people who are willing to stay with me can live out their remaining years in a comfortable and peaceful environment with food, medicine, and leisure,” she said.

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