“As of today, I’ve only had three riders so far. Of course, this was not the case before the pandemic hit us. I used to ferry about eighteen to twenty riders every day. Well, that’s the kind of impact the pandemic has left on each one’s life.
I come from a middle-class background. Also, the only breadwinner of the family for the past ten years. I lost my father to an accident when I was twenty years old. Losing him was a major turning point in my life. The only option I had was to do various jobs and support my mother and sister. I always had an undivided passion for food. It was something I loved cooking and having, both of course. Eventually, this led to me starting a catering business of my own in 2015.
I used to have a small food stall in an IT company. But as my luck had it, demonetization happened. All sorts of sales were pulled down and I had to put an end to my catering business. It was then that I decided to join as a delivery man. I began working for Uber Eats and later moved to Uber moto. Through this journey, I have come across all sorts of riders. The arrogant ones, the kind ones, the talkative ones, all. The arrogant riders are the ones who get jittered because there is too much traffic. On the other hand, the kind ones are those who understand the situation and don’t complain. Covid-19 has turned each one of our lives upside-down.
Living in a rented house with various EMI’s to pay, life has become tough. I get paid on daily basis and the lockdown has made it worse. 50-60 % of commuters have dropped due to the virus. Even after taking all the necessary precautions as advised, it is still the same. My efforts of hunting for a new job, was not a huge success, if I may say. All we wish for is to start our day happily and make sure it ends happily. And the present times have not helped us feel that.