https://www.kirrt.org/story/bhura-singh-tailor-vadda-jawaharwala-mansa Bhura Singh । Tailor । Jawaharwala 2018-09-04 15:59:22 My parents used to work as a farm labourer until I was sixteen. They worked their way out and started cultivating land on contract. Every year we rent 2-3 acres, plant the seasonal crops along with the fodder for cattle. Gurdeep Singh Blog post Story tailor

 

 

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My parents used to work as a farm laborer until I was sixteen. They worked their way out and started cultivating land on contract. Every year we rent 2-3 acres, plant the seasonal crops along with the fodder for cattle. Even being a normal laborer, my father took a special care of our education, he never asked us to join him in the fields or the odd jobs he did. I studied till the Tenth grade. But instead of trying for a job I started working with a tailor in Lehragaga, I worked there for three and a half years without a stipend. It used to be like that earlier, a kind of internship. I can’t imagine someone doing that today, they want money before even stepping into the shop.

I’ve been renting this shop for 22 years and all this time I’ve used my bicycle to commute from home. I make enough to look after my family. Earlier, I used to stitch garments for both gentlemen and ladies but nowadays so many housewives have started stitching at home. So, all the women get their clothes done by those amateur tailors. I have three kids, two boys, and a girl. Both of the boys are almost done with the secondary school, and daughter has just finished her 10th grade.

My parents used to work as a farm laborer until I was sixteen. They worked their way out and started cultivating land on contract. Every year we rent 2-3 acres, plant the seasonal crops along with the fodder for cattle. Even being a normal laborer, my father took a special care of our education, he never asked us to join him in the fields or the odd jobs he did. I studied till the Tenth grade. But instead of trying for a job I started working with a tailor in Lehragaga, I worked there for three and a half years without a stipend. It used to be like that earlier, a kind of internship. I can’t imagine someone doing that today, they want money before even stepping into the shop.

I’ve been renting this shop for 22 years and all this time I’ve used my bicycle to commute from home. I make enough to look after my family. Earlier, I used to stitch garments for both gentlemen and ladies but nowadays so many housewives have started stitching at home. So, all the women get their clothes done by those amateur tailors. I have three kids, two boys, and a girl. Both of the boys are almost done with the secondary school, and daughter has just finished her 10th grade.

Due to the live telecast of Kirtan on TVs, our sale has gone up, but new generation not taking up this profession has sunk the production. Plus, the government isn’t helping at all, instead, they have imposed a tax on us like all other businesses. They can help us by providing space and funds to set up a small firm, where we can hire young people, train them and think of innovating our product to meet the needs of the present.

These electronic instruments have affected us a lot. Take a keyboard for an example, if you buy that, you don’t need any other instrument, it’s got all the sounds. And nobody questions the price. Here we don’t sell like companies, the prices are very low and so are the profits. If we get the help, we can up our game by providing even better stuff, we can think of innovating our products but right now, all we are concerned about is, enough savings to live a decent life.

Due to the live telecast of Kirtan on TVs, our sale has gone up, but new generation not taking up this profession has sunk the production. Plus, the government isn’t helping at all, instead, they have imposed a tax on us like all other businesses. They can help us by providing space and funds to set up a small firm, where we can hire young people, train them and think of innovating our product to meet the needs of the present.

These electronic instruments have affected us a lot. Take a keyboard for an example, if you buy that, you don’t need any other instrument, it’s got all the sounds. And nobody questions the price. Here we don’t sell like companies, the prices are very low and so are the profits. If we get the help, we can up our game by providing even better stuff, we can think of innovating our products but right now, all we are concerned about is, enough savings to live a decent life.

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