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India's richest couple run a tea stall. A cup of tea here is more than what money can buy

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How much money do you need to travel the world? How many resources can you collect or acquire before you decide to dedicate yourself and follow your dreams?

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Well, the answer might be different for all of us, but for Vijayan and his wife, both over 70 years of age now, the answer has been different and very interesting.

But there is a twist to their story. Both Vijayan and his wife sell tea in a small tea-shop in Kochi but have fulfilled their childhood dream of traveling the world.

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?

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