Dhakaiya Profession

Television and Radio Repairer- A Case Study

Posted in Television and Watch Repairer by rrasheeka on March 27, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Jogodish Mallick sat behind his desk and asked us if he could help us in any way. I could see that he was expecting us to give him some work. When I explained the reason for my visit, I could see the disappointment in his face but he quickly controlled his emotions and asked us to sit down and ask him what we wanted to know.

I took the opportunity to look around the room. The small room was filled with televisions and radio but all of them were covered with thick layers of dust which showed that these haven’t been touched for ages.There was a single desk behind which Mr. Mallick sat. He was the sole owner of the business.

Mr. Mallick told us that he has been doing this business for almost 20 years now. For the first few years his business ran quite smoothly. But once the demand for such profession fell, it kept falling. Every morning he opens his shop at 11 am and closes it at 9 pm waiting for some customer to bring a radio or television for repair. But there are some days when not a single customer comes. All day long Mr. Mallick stares at the door waiting for someone to walk in through the door and give him work.

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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…)