Dhakaiya Profession

Chicken Butcher-A Case Study

Posted in Chicken Butcher by rrasheeka on March 20, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Muhammad Liton kept chopping the chicken into pieces without even looking at it. He was talking to me, so he was looking at me. He has been doing this work for the last ten years and his face lit up when I praised his expertise. Like most of my interviewees, when asked how he came about to be a butcher, the answer was that his father had been a butcher, his grandfather had been one as well, so he was supposed to be one.

His shop is situated in Aloobazar in Kazi Alauddin Road in Old Dhaka. It is a market place and the entire row where he sat was filled with shops of other butchers. As a result, he faced a lot of competition everyday. To survive among such close competition, Liton tried to provide the best service by being expert in what he did.

Although he was aware that he was financially better off than many, he still said that what he had was just about enough to meet the basic necessities of his family. He wished he had more money than that. Then he could give his children a brighter life than the one he had. He studied till HSC but his education did not come of much use to him. But he knew education was important to succeed in life and he wanted his children to become highly educated. for that, he needed money. As he said this, he took a deep breath. This one breath of his said a lot.

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  1. abir rahman said, on April 22, 2009 at 5:41 am

    these are the exparts that helps us to stay away from one of the toughest things on earth..cutting chicken into pieces….and look the chicken is danching in joy and the chicken also has abs….nice work done raisa…

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

      thank you 🙂


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