Dhakaiya Profession

Television and Radio Repairer

Posted in Television and Watch Repairer by rrasheeka on March 24, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

There was a time when television repairing and radio repairing were a common phenomenon in the lives of the common people. So the demand for people who repaired these items was very high. Not every household had a television or a radio. Only the rich people could afford a television and needless to say, a large number of the rich population lived in Old Dhaka. So, television and radio repairing workshops opened in that area.

This business became very successful as people often needed to fix their television or radio as buying a new one would become very expensive. But for the last decade or so, the scenario took a grim turn for the repairmen. As Bangladesh started to become technologically more advanced, television and radio companies started to open their showrooms in the city. As a result of this, customers were given guarantee of the product they purchased for a certain period of time which meant that during that period the repairing charge was free of cost and in case the problem was irreparable, they replaced the product. (more…)


Bakarkhaniwalas- A Case Study

Posted in Food-based professions by rrasheeka on February 10, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Wiping sweat of off his forehead, Mohammad Shohid Mia concentrated on preparing the dough for the next batch of Bakarkhani he was going to bake. He was sitting in the farthest corner of the extremely small room they call their shop. He had been making Bakarkhani for as long as he can remember.

His hometown is in Sylhet but he came to Dhaka when he was quite young. since then he has been in this shop. He lives in Nawabganj and walks all his way to this shop which is in Lalbagh. The shop is opened at 5 o’clock in the morning. Many people like to have Bakarkhani as breakfast. From 5 to 2, he makes Bakarkhani. After that he sits and waits for customers to come and buy the Bakarkhanis he made. (more…)