Goldsmith turns fish seller amid pandemic outbreak
Kasaragod: Subhash, a goldsmith at Periya, is forced to turn a fish seller after the COVID-19 outbreak affected his livelihood. He decided to opt for the job of a fish seller when he experienced the bitterness of poverty.
Subhash worked for most of the famous jewellery shops in the district. He was engaged in making ornaments for jewellery shops.
But with the lockdown over COVID-19 outbreak, Subhash became jobless. He tried many jobs as he didn’t get work from any jewellery shops.
For some period, he worked as a lottery seller. With this experience, he decided to try his luck as a fish seller.
At first, he purchased a box of fish and reached Ayampara for sale. He continued the fish sale in this manner for many months.
One day, his old colleague Jins gifted a goods carrier rickshaw to him.
Jins did not collect money from Subash for the vehicle. He purchased the vehicle for Subhash realising his struggle to look after his family including three children.
At present, Subash is selling fish in this vehicle. He starts his job at 5.30 every day morning.
He has been purchasing fish from Pallikkara market. If the load gets sold out by noon, he reaches the market again for taking fresh load.
Subhash, a native of Perumbavoor, reached Kanhangad in search of job about 32 years ago.
“I only knew jewellery making to earn a livelihood. I have worked in various jewellery shops over 18 years. Struggle to meet the expenditure on education of my three children and daily life, I decided to turn a fish seller,” said Subhash.
Subhash’s family includes wife Sandhya, two daughters -Sethulakshmi, a student at ITI, Sreelakshmi, a 9th standard student and son Sreehari, a 7th standard student.