Jeevika - The Art of Making a Living

The Bone Sifter
The Bone Sifter

These people would sift through the human remains that are discharged into the Ganges after a person's death. They look for any small trinket that might have been thrown in with the last remains of the person.

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The Bone Sifter
The Bone Sifter

Some of them sieve through the human remains while others scourge the waters with a pole with a magnet attached to the end so that any metal clings onto it.

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Flower Seller
Flower Seller
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Sarangi Player
Sarangi Player
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Acrobat
Acrobat
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Tiller
Tiller
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Shoe Seller
Shoe Seller
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Fishmonger
Fishmonger
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Radish Cultivators
Radish Cultivators

Cultivators bring in their produce to the Yamuna banks to wash and pack for the market.

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Astrologer
Astrologer

He already knew that I would be writing about him!

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Cotton Beater
Cotton Beater

The names are starting to get awkward! Anyway, what he does in beat the cotton with his 'guitar' to soften it for stuffing into mattresses. This surely is a disappearing profession.

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Traditional Weaver
Traditional Weaver
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Flower Seller
Flower Seller

The flowers are pre-decorated on leaves so that they can be floated into the rive after the prayers.

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Mosaic Astisan
Mosaic Astisan

Sanding coloured stones so that it can be inlaid into marble, just like it was done centuries ago while decorating the Taj Mahal.

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Snake Charmer
Snake Charmer
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Monkey Handler
Monkey Handler

Who is a parasite on whom depends on who earns a living for whom.

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Candle Sculptor
Candle Sculptor
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Tatoo Artist
Tatoo Artist
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Wedding Photographer
Wedding Photographer

Rather 'The trials and tribulations of a wedding photographer in order to get that unique shot'.

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Vintage Photographer
Vintage Photographer

Actually the photographer is of our times; the camera is vintage - a 1860s Daguerreotype Camera

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Would you get out of the comfort of your home and rush headlong into the wild world if you did not have to pay for your food, clothing, shelter – and gadgets? What would the world be like if humans did not have to slog at colleges and offices? My humble guess is that human beings would not have existed this long if it were so. The fight for a better tomorrow makes humans beings smarter and stronger, in ways more than just physical. The fight for superiority has let humans surmount all odds and rule the earth. In their pursuit for a better tomorrow, every man learns and practices an art that helps him build the ladder to a better life. Or, for the less ambitious, an art that earns him enough to keep himself fed and clothed. The better part of our lives is utilized in the pursuit of learning, perfecting and practicing this chosen art for sustenance. That art earns us our livelihood – our ‘Jeevika’.