Street Hawkers are found in almost all the villages, towns and cities of India.
Roads are meant for the rich. They have their shops on main roads. How big and beautiful these shops are! But the poor can’t have any place even in lanes and street. The street-hawkers are not dwellers of these streets. They only move from street to street. But they are not travelers either. They do not travel in search of beauty and knowledge. They keep moving in search of bread.
How hard hawkers labor!
Street Hawkers move from place to place day in and day out. They have also to carry heavy bundles on their backs or heads.
But how much are they able to earn? Not much, not even enough to live on. On the other hand, big businessmen earn enough even to waste. They work too little but earn too much.
You can see these hawkers here and there and everywhere in lanes and streets, on bus-stands, on railway platform and in railway compartments. They are seen moving even on village-roads across India. They look like walking-shops. They sell hundreds of things but mostly those that women and children like.
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A Street Hawker
We find street hawkers in every city. They are a common feature of a city life. They belong to the poor section of the city population and they cannot afford much to invest or pay for the shop rend usually. Therefore, they sell their goods in the streets.
The streets are usually alive with shouts since morning the hawkers are found selling vegetables and fruits. They sometimes carry baskets on their heads and shout loudly the vegetables or fruits that they carry. Thus, the house- wives, who cannot afford to go to the distant market, buy vegetables and fruits from the street hawker. The street hawkers have fresh and green vegetables that they sell in the street of a big town or a big city. The house –wives wait for them. They get vegetables at comparatively cheap rates also. They wait for the street hawkers curiously.
But during the whole day we find a large number of hawkers. They bring other goods to sell. Sometimes they bring sweets and other dainties for the children and the ladies living in afar off streets. They use ‘Vanaspati Ghee’ or oil and sour sauce. Such palatable things find favour with woman living in cities. During summer season the women and children wait for ice cream sellers. They come out of their houses with money and get the eatables that they like. They buy ice- balls. They suck it in their mouths and enjoy much. The children also get such eatables. The mothers cannot resist their children at all and they pay for buying such things for them.
We find hawkers in the streets selling the goods that are required by the people for use in their houses. They carry articles that are inferior in quality. These are mostly cheap and third-rate articles that are brought by the women- folk. Thus, the women- folk are entrapped by the street hawkers to buy these cheap articles for use in their homes. They find the articles in attractive colours and they do not know much about their quality.
A street hawker lives a hard life. Even the poor buy their articles. They are the petty customers of them. A street Hawker lives a life which is very hard. He can earn money that can hardly support him. He can hardly make his both ends meet. He leads an adventures life. Like a poor man he work is all through the day and thus he supports his children.
Essay No. 02
The Street Hawker
Many housewives these days have grown lethargic. They avoid going to the market to make purchases. Moreover, when the street hawkers are there to provide them with all the essential commodities at their door steps, why should they waste their time and energy in going to the market?
Street hawkers can frequently be seen in streets in almost all the cities and even small towns. They sell all kinds of goods from cosmetics, artificial jewellery, vegetables and fruits to blankets, mats, etc. Usually they raise loud voices to invite the customers.
I’m here talking about a particular street hawker. His name is Ramu. He sells vegetables. He has been visiting our street for the past about one decade. He visits our street regularly. During the last many years, he must have missed to come just once or twice when he was laid up with fever. Otherwise, he comes without fail in sun and shower and even when the weather is stormy or frosty. Visiting streets to sell his wares seems to be his mission, though it also means that he is always living from hand to mouth and has to starve if he misses his journey into the streets even for a single day.
As soon as Ramu comes in the street and raises his voice crying for his wares, the housewives rush towards him to purchase vegetables. He is very particular about the quality of goods. He sells fresh and green vegetables. He never gives short measures as other vendors do. His rates are a bit on the higher side but his customers do not mind it.
In spite of doing hard labour, he cannot afford to wear good clothes. He is very sweethearted and is somewhat jocular at occasions. People, housewives in particular, like him very much and consider it a privilege to make purchases from him.