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ASIF YAR KHAN
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Desert kings:Migrants offer camel rides for a sum in many localities.
Desert kings:Migrants offer camel rides for a sum in many localities.

Camel rides have become an ideal source of amusement for the children. It is a common sight to find camels offering joy rides to children near their homes. Thanks to these outings summer mornings and evenings are no more boring for tiny tots.

Migrants from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh take camels to different colonies in the areas of Tarnaka, Habsiguda and Mettuguda which have plenty of residential colonies to offer rides to tiny tots. Of course for a price that works out to be cheaper for the people and remunerative for the camel handler.

“We charge Rs. 5 per child. We club three or four children for a 200 metres ride in one round,” says Avinash, a migrant from the Madhya Pradesh who at present camps near the railway station with a total of five camels.

“It is a good concept that saves us from taking our children to far off recreational places like the Tank Bund or the Necklace Road. Children eagerly wait for the camels as it is a complimentary ride if they remain disciplined in holidays,” says a Sushma, a parent at Tarnaka. The camels are said to be owned by a person at Attapur area of the city and rented to the migrants who in turn take them around the colonies offering joy rides to children and make some money. “The other option for us is to work for the master. He pays a monthly salary of Rs. 2,000 and offers food and accommodation,” says Avinash. A camel costs between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 and it is mostly brought in from the fairs held in the western and central parts of the country in different times of the year. As for now these desert kings are taking on the city life with élan.

ASIF YAR KHAN

Joy rides are common in Tarnaka, Habsiguda and Mettuguda

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