Dhakaiya Profession

Clock and Watch Repairer- A Case study

Posted in Watch repairman by rrasheeka on April 17, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Md. Atikullah looked at me with eyes that were filled with sadness. He has been a clock and watch repairer for the last 50 years. His shop was a very small cubic room just large enough to place a table and two chairs inside it. Clocks of many shapes and sizes were hanging from the walls of the shop. At the first glance the shop looked like an antique shop where old clocks were the choice of collection. But actually it was a shop were clocks and watches were repaired.

He started this work when he was around 20 years old. His uncle had taught him how to repair clocks. He loved repairing clocks and watches and he always wanted to take this up as a profession. But today, he feels sorry that he didn’t join some other profession which would give him a better income. He lives with his wife nearby his shop. Their children have grown-up, gotten married and started their own families. Day in and day out, Md. Atikullah sits in his shops waiting for people to come and ask him to repair their clocks or watches. But that rarely happens. Almost everyday, he opens his shop and sits their alone watching people go by doing their work. The nearby shopkeepers come and sit with him in his shop for a short time some of the days. This has become his everyday routine. The sad tale of this old man made me think how difficult life can become. This is no age for a man to worry about how to feed himself and his wife. But this man has to. Everyday is a struggle for him. A struggle for survival.


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  1. Asif said, on April 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Really!! for 50 years?? It actually is a very touching story, but you can’t deny the fact that majority of the people from a low income family will face a similar future. Its for times like these that no one in Bangladesh wants to pay their taxes to the government, they would rather save that money for needy times. If the people knew that they would get some kind of social benefit by paying their taxes, Bangladesh would actually earn a lot more revenue, which can actually be later used for helping people like Md. Atikullah.

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      Most of the people belonging from a low income group do have a similar future.

  2. Arifeen said, on April 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    his eyes telling the story what he is going through, at the age where other ppl retires from their job, plays with their grandchildren, plans for hajj; he struggles for survival! its a shame for the child who he raised. He take care of them when they need, but now they leave when he need them the most. how sad 😦

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      yes, it is a shame but I guess this is life for many such people.

  3. mahmud said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    i love this picture…it’s so beautifully taken

  4. maharuq said, on April 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    well this is life.. and people of our country lives through all these..

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