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Meet Mr Salim Khan, from the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. He sells Soan Papdi near the Marina Lighthouse. So, you thought the inward migration is only from states like Odissa, Bihar and Bengal, not to mention Bangla Desh? People migrate wherever they find that their efforts and skills are required.
When we think of the seafood supply chain we only think of the fishermen and local fish vendors. there is a whole lot of other important links in the chain like the wholesalers and the transporters, the storage units etc.
Recently I discovered another important link. These are persons who sit outside the fish stalls with a kitchen cleaver (aruva manai) or chopping board. The customers bring their fish for cutting cleaning and descaling, for a few rupeees thus relieving the consumers of a nasty chore at home. Very useful last mile service for fish consumers and some livelihood for a few.
Meet Mr Balaji, the balloon seller of Besant Nagar. This senior citizen lives in Mylapore but is seen every weekend on the Besant Nagar promenade selling balloons. On other days, he works for a caterer helping out with vegetable cutting and other odd jobs for daily wages. Tough life, but he seems to cheer up seeing smiles on children’s faces.
Mr Naidu’s vettilai paakku kadai (pan supari dukan) is in a 6-feet niche between a jewellery store and the wall. He offers limited items but he and his loyal customers are happy. That makes it worth the while.
The Chennai Photowalk #145 The streets of Nanganallur
Meet Dorai, a cycle rickshaw wallah on Kutchety Road, Mylapore. His vehicle was run down – with the seat covers peeling off, exposing the bare foam. The frame and fittings were also rusted. Though he looked over 50, he claims that he is only 39 years old. For all practical purposes, he seems to be eating and sleeping in his rickshaw.