They may not figure in the Forbes Rich list but in my view, they are amongst the richest people in our country.Their wealth is their attitude to life. The next time I’m in their town I am definitely dropping by for tea & a tour of their exhibits.. pic.twitter.com/PPePvwtRQs
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 9, 2019
Featured in the Forbes Richest List, Vijayan along with his wife has traveled to 23 countries of the world, all by selling tea. Yes, you heard that right.
Speaking to the Forbes team, Vijayan said, “It was my childhood dream to travel the world. Hance, I wanted to find way to fuel this dream with money, hence I started selling tea on the streets of Kochi for a steady income.”
Vijayan started selling tea in 1963 and got hugely popular. Now catering to over 300 to 350 customers everyday, Vijayan and his wife save Rs 300 everyday and spend meager amount of money while traveling.
Their tea stall is one of the most famous tea drinking spots in Kerala and keeps swelling with customers all day and night.
When asked about what has he learned after traveling around the world by the Forbes team, Vijayan responded saying, “It changes your mind, your culture.”
They are extremely popular with foreign travelers as well and are treated as local celebrities.
Till now Vijayan and his wife have traveled to place like Singapore, Argentina, Peru, Switzerland, Brazil among many more.
Their story has become a sensation on the internet and have garnered them huge acclaim.
What an incredible way to live life and start a day, isn’t it?