Dhakaiya Profession

Blacksmith- A Case Study

Posted in Blacksmith by rrasheeka on April 10, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Shonjib Kormokar hit the hammer hard on the black piece of metal. He was trying to bring about a shape in it. He asked us to come inside his shop which was made out of tin walls. I walked in only to realise that standing inside the shop could not be possible for me. I could not breathe. The shop was extremely hot,dark and smoke was coming out of the coals that were burning.

His father had started this business and he had helped his father as a young boy. After his father’s death, he started working full-time in the shop. His home was in Kamalbagh which was quite near his shop. He starts working at 8 o’clock in the morning and his work finishes at 10 o’clock at night. He has 3 children all of whom go to school. The environment in which he works is very unhealthy as he has to inhale a lot pf poisonous chemicals. The saddest fact is that he is aware of the harm that is being done to his body, but this is his life. This is his sole source of income and he has to continue with this work.

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  1. danialazad said, on April 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Thank a lot for letting us know so many things about old town….even thought I just got to know so many things from your topic but from a citizen of Bangladesh I didn’t have any proper idea about old town.

    • rrasheeka said, on April 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      most of us who leave on this side of dhaka have very little knowledge about old dhaka.

  2. Minim Andrew said, on April 20, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    It’s so sad to know working conditions in our country are still so bad. Also the fact that they don’t have a choice, it’s very heartbreaking.

  3. nhm tanveer hossain khan (hasan) said, on April 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    really surprised to see how hard they are working, there are many people out there who wants to earn a lot to fill up their big stomach. they never care about the people who is working too hard to feed his small stomach along few others too.

    they are the real asset or precious talents of our nation, we haven’t utilized them properly thats how we are loser. i belief there are plenty of other ways to improve their life style. we have a small organization we call it kolpo, where we are discussing and trying to find better way to improve these ppl life style through renovating or branding their existing works.

    thanks for reminding our responsibilities once again 🙂
    btw, all we are responsible to lift up their life style otherwise our learning is nothing worthy.

    • rrasheeka said, on April 22, 2009 at 2:47 am

      thank you for such an insightful comment.u r right, we have a responsibility towards these people and the fact that you are trying to improve these people’s lifestyle is amazing.


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