Arshad Khan, also known as the chaiwala, is a Pakistani tea seller who became an overnight sensation in 2016 when a photo of him went viral on social media. His striking blue eyes and handsome features attracted millions of admirers from around the world, and also opened up new opportunities for him in the modeling and business fields. In this blog post, we will explore how Arshad Khan transformed his life from a humble tea seller to a successful entrepreneur with multiple cafes in different countries.
How Arshad Khan became a global entrepreneur
The viral photo that changed everything
The photo that made Arshad Khan famous was taken by Javeria Ali, a photographer who was doing a photo walk in the Itwar Bazaar area of Islamabad. She spotted Arshad Khan at his tea stall and asked him if she could take his picture. He agreed, and she posted the photo on her Instagram account with the caption “Hot-tea”.
The photo quickly went viral, with thousands of likes and comments from people who were mesmerized by his looks. The photo also caught the attention of local and international media outlets, who interviewed Arshad Khan and offered him modeling contracts. He appeared in several fashion shows, magazines, and music videos, and became a household name in Pakistan.
The launch of Chaiwala Cafe
Arshad Khan did not let his fame go to his head. He remained humble and grateful for his success, and decided to use it for a good cause. He launched his own brand of cafes called Chaiwala Cafe, with the aim of creating more jobs for people in Pakistan. He said that he was not interested in making money for himself, but rather wanted to help others who were struggling to find employment.
“I launched the Chaiwala Cafe, in fact, one cafe was more than enough for me but I launched the whole brand in my name because I wanted people to earn bread and butter through my business, I wanted to create more jobs, now, we have many franchises. Each franchise has twenty five to thirty workers,” he said in an interview.
Arshad Khan also expanded his business internationally, after he found out that some people were using his name and photo to open fake cafes in London and Finland. He decided to open his own original franchises there, and received a warm welcome from his fans. He said that he was happy to see that people from different cultures and backgrounds enjoyed his tea and appreciated his story.
“I have cafes in London and Finland. Indians and Pakistanis used to call me and say that they are sitting in my cafe in London, I didn’t have any cafe in London back then, so I decided to open the original franchise,” he said.
Arshad Khan is an inspiring example of how one photo can change someone’s life for the better. He is not only a viral chaiwala, but also a global entrepreneur who is making a positive impact on society.
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