Repairer on cloud nine

Syed Muthahar Saqaf
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brisk business: K.Krishnan repairing umbrellas in Subramaniapuram in the city on Saturday. —Photo:R. Ashok
brisk business: K.Krishnan repairing umbrellas in Subramaniapuram in the city on Saturday. —Photo:R. Ashok

When every section of society being hit due to the continuous rainfall in the last one week, K. Krishnan of Kallukkuzhi in the city, an umbrella repairer, is a happy man.

With the city receiving continuous widespread rainfall for more than a week, Krishnan seems to be doing brisk business in repairing umbrellas.

Krishnan is busy roaming around various parts of the city for taking up repair works of old umbrellas.

Braving the inclement weather, Krishnan leaves his house in the morning and visits various residential localities in Golden Rock, Ponmalaipatti, Subramaniapuram, Kallukkuzhi, TVS Toll Gate and Khaja Nagar, all through the day.

He is in good demand in every colony as he has to spend a few hours repairing the umbrellas. “I earn from Rs.200 to Rs.500 a day in this monsoon period”, says Krishnan, who is in this field for the past two-and-a-half decades, with a sense of satisfaction.

He learnt the art of repairing umbrellas from his father.

At present Krishnan is one among the very few people who are still involved in the work of repairing umbrellas in the city.

He makes an interesting observation about the trend of buying umbrellas. “The demand for umbrellas has gone down nowadays. But there are still old umbrellas which need repair and that's where I benefit,” smiles Krishnan.

He procures raw materials such as umbrella cloth, thread and iron ribs from shops in Palakkarai. Initially he was running an umbrella repairing shop on the Pudukottai road.

But had to abandon the shop due to poor patronage following the advent of rain coats and people preferring two-wheelers for bicycles.

This did not deter him, as he started visiting colonies to repair leather bags apart from umbrellas. He says that his work is not confined to the monsoon season.

Even during the summer months, people prefer to carry umbrellas to cover themselves from the scorching sun.

As there is no respite from intermittent showers, K. Krishnan, an umbrella repairer from Kallukkuzhi, make quick bucks




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