“The kids imitate me by shouting ‘Paperrrrr….’ from their homes when I go out on the streets.
I truly enjoy it when children do that because I know most of the people may not remember me but they certainly recognize me with my signature loud tone of asking for the scrap on the streets. Those sounds resonate in people’s minds and it’s been my identity for a long time now.
It’s been more than 38 years and I am proud to be in this line of work of collecting and recycling scrap.
Not only newspapers, but I also collect a scrap of all sorts like old iron, cardboard, school books, used glass bottles, etc, and send it for recycling.
Earlier, I used to do this business at Musheerabad but I have relocated my shop here at Thirumalgherry 18 years ago. I would travel every day on my cycle and go door to door asking for the scrap.
As I am growing older, my daughter understood my problems with commuting and had gifted me a TVS Luna last year.
I come here by 8 a.m. every day and I go on the streets on my bike to ask for the scrap. But these days, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, things have changed completely and people are shifting to the new means of consuming news on smartphones and other electronic devices.
It has certainly affected our mainstay – of buying and selling old newspapers.
Even people are cautious of letting me into their homes to collect the scrap. Yes, it’s difficult to earn profits out of this business but what can I do? I only know this work and I am trying to be happy with whatever I earn!
This Corona period is a testing phase in everyones’ life. As a country, we have witnessed several epidemic situations in the past such as plague and cholera and I think it will take few years for the things to get back to normal. I am just praying to the almighty every day to get the world out of this pandemic situation!”
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