Bhubaneswar: Come festive season and people flock the fairs set up in their towns or cities to enjoy rides and food with family and visit various stalls displaying beautiful items, especially different kinds of jewellery for women and toys for children.
On the flip side of the coin, there are these stall owners, pedlars and small businessmen who sacrifice their family time to earn a living. As the festivities are expected to attract hundreds of visitors to the fairs, it promises them a good business.
Many such persons have set up their businesses at Durga Puja pandals across the capital city. OMMCOM NEWS met with few of them to get an idea about the struggle they face during the festive season to feed their family.
A joy ride owner Rajkumar from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh has been doing business in Odisha since last 17 years. He earns around 40 to 50 thousand during the festival season while the profit is around 20 to 25 thousand.
Rajkumar’s family is in his village and he visits them every fortnight. It is because of his responsibility to earn a livelihood in order to maintain his family that he has to stay far from home. He is able to run his business only during Durga Puja, Kali Puja and Laxmi Puja. He not only runs his family with the money earned during this period but also pays the dues of around 4 to 5 youths working under him.
A tattoo artist Nabir Ali from Kolkata is also working far from home since last 25 years. He visits various fairs across Odisha and stays there while earning around Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 per day. After the Durga Puja fair in Bhubaneswar, he will go to visit various other fairs in West Bengal before returning home. He said he also has the desire to enjoy the fairs with his family but he has to earn to feed them.
A pedlar from Kolkata, Kadu Das, said he would have brought his family, including two children and mother, to enjoy the fair if only he had money. Working as a pedlar for last seven years, Das visits the fairs in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during the puja season and earns around Rs 5000. Rest of the year he toils as an agriculture labourer.
A female sanitation worker of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), busy working at the Rasulgarh Durga Puja pandal, said she gets to enjoy the puja with her family only after duty hours. For her duty comes first as it is because of the work she and her husband are able to feed their children.