U4UVoice team met an interesting man who was selling idols of various Goddesses and others. Let us know what he’s upto.
Tell us about you?
My name is Lalloo Singh. I come from Farukhabad, UP.
What brings you to Jammu?
I’ve come here for a while to earn living. I sell statues. I have rented a room for a month more or less.
Do you often roam around many places?
I go around different places selling these idols. “Jahan chahe wahan ghoomte hain.” I have travelled to remote places in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh other than Jammu.
Where do you get these idols?
I get these from Pathankot where these are made in factories. Then I color them, as I have dye and stuff along with me.
Do you have friends?
We are 5-6 people together to sell idols.
What do you have here with you?
Look here I have Jai Santoshi Maa statue, Sherawali Maa statue among others. There are auspicious day of Navratra so naturally there’s a demand for these idols.
How much do you earn?
Somewhere around 200-250 which is enough for my expenses. I sell one idol for 10 rupees. You want one?
Is this your only occupation?
I do farming also in my village. My family stays there. When the season is not suitable, I roam around from place to place doing whatever work I can pick.
Are you happy with this (citing your the meagre income) ?
Yes. What should I have to bother? I work on my own convenience. I am my own employer. I work as I wish. I don’t have many expenses. Whenever I think I had enough, I go home. Whenever I need change, I roam around and make some money to meet my petty expenses.