12 Classic Indian Professions That Are Fading Away Before Our Eyes

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Updated on 29 Aug, 2018 at 2:57 pm



1. The tabalchi and his troop would drift into a colony or park and entertain people with song and dance. Some people would pay them, some would walk away.

2. Tailors are used more for alterations nowadays, but this is one profession that might last the tide of time. After all, ladies need to look good.

3. With chana jor garamchikki, etc being available in packets in shops, seeing them set up small wooden stands might not be possible after a while.

4. You still see these sellers walking around with their toys, but given the fact that children have mega-stores dedicated to them, this job is in danger.

5. In urban areas, meat is available in clean packages in malls so gone are the days of going to as kasai and asking him to give you the good pieces.

6. This job has basically bowed out to the ear-bud, which is readily available and safer. If you want to see a kaan-saaf wala, you may see one at a tourist spot.

7. Earthen pots were used to store water in the summer; they kept the water cool and made it sweet. Nowadays, they’re used more as flower pots.

8. How thrilling it was to watch a sapera at work, until we read it science class that snakes can’t hear. That said, every Indian is familiar with the tune.

9. They’re around; unfortunately, never when you really, really need them. With Indians adopting a ‘use and throw’ lifestyle, mochis might need a new job.

10. India is a land of artisans. They work with cloth, clay, plaster, metal, etc and create artwork that reflects their region. Thankfully, people are trying to help these artisans.

11. With shaving becoming a self-service job, the local hajamwala is now the local barber, parked under a tree with a small mirror hanging on it.

12. Earlier, malishwalas would roam around with various oils in their jholis offering massages to people. Then they shifted to small barber shops.

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