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Odisha: 80-Year-Old Woman Sells Newspaper For Family’s Survival In Balasore


24 February 2020

Pramod Kumar Das


Balasore: With her sheer resilience 80-year-old Rambhamani Nayak proves every single day that age is just a number. Her routine of travelling 10 kilometres every day to Jamujhadi for the last 20 years to sell newspapers is equally surprising and heartwrenching.

A resident of Alipur village of Telanagar panchayat under Soro police limits, Rambhamani lost her husband 15 years ago and then her ailing son five years ago. While her husband worked at a local hotel, she had started to sell newspapers to help with finances. However, one tragedy after another left Rambhamani to bear the burden of her widowed daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

The octogenarian’s daily routine is to travel for 10 kilometres from Alipur to Jamujhadi and sell newspapers in buses and shops. Change of weather or turn of the calendar has failed to bring a change in her routine. “I have been following the routine for all these years and that has helped me sustain my family. Now my grandkids have begun helping as well,” said Rambhamani.

Jamujhadi locals who have seen 80-year-old Rambhamani fighting with life’s up and downs speak highly of her but also asked the administration to lend her a helping hand.

Rambhamani Nayak

Umesh Chandra Sahu, Local