Dhakaiya Profession

Tiffin Distributers

Posted in tiffin distributers by rrasheeka on April 21, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

In Old Dhaka there are a number of markets. In these markets there are many shopkeepers who sit there from the time they open the shop to the time the shop gets closed. Many of these shopkeepers don’t take their lunch with them from their homes. Have you ever wondered how they get their lunch?

They get their lunch from people who go to their homes,carry it from their to shops and give it to them. They are the tiffin distributers. These people work under a particular person with whom these shopkeepers make a contract. The shopkeepers pay to the people with whom they make the contract and the tiffin carriers are paid a fixed amount monthly by their employers. They are assigned a particular area in which they go from house to house and collect the tiffin boxes and then go to the markets and distribute the tiffin boxes.Most of the tiffin distributers are women who are middle-aged or above. This is probably because these women didn’t find any alternative source of income. We do not get to see these type of people in other parts of Dhaka. Only in Old Dhaka such a profession seems to exist. This is what is wonderful about Old Dhaka. There are such different types of professions that one comes across in that area.


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  1. rfariba said, on April 24, 2009 at 11:13 am

    they have this in Bangladesh? I didn’t know this. I know it’s a common thing in India, i watched it on tv. Apparently these people are very efficient and deliver on time!

    • rrasheeka said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      I didn’t know this before I started working on the blog either.

  2. prita said, on April 25, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    this is an example of women empowerment.

  3. Safina said, on April 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    yeah…i also didn’t know this profession exist!
    Bravo Women…….nothin can restist us!!

  4. jubayerchowdhury said, on April 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    this is nice picture. actualy i learning something from your blog about the Dhakhaiya froffession.

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