Karnataka

A tale of two newspaper delivery girls

Sahana Rajapur with the usual stack of newspaper, on her way to deliver them. Photo: Special Arrangement.  

Even before the break of dawn when most people are still in bed, two sisters get on their bicycles to distribute newspapers. It is after spending over two hours on this job that they get back home to get ready for school.

Seema and Sahana Rajapur study in I PUC and VIII Standard, respectively, and deliver about 150 newspapers every day. “We are only helping our father,” says Seema cheerfully, with a sense of pride. Their father Devendra Rajapur is a newspaper distributor for the last three decades.

“Our father was often complaining that the delivery boys regularly go absent without intimation. It had become routine problem for him and he was finding it hard to find prompt delivery boys. Then we decided to help the father,” says Sahana.

Not that this has affected their academics. Seema has secured 72 per cent marks in the SSCL and now studying in government PU college for girls.

Asked how it feels to do the job which is largely believed as boys’ work, Seema wonders who made this rule. “After all it is simple job and it enables us to help our father. We are happy to do it,” she replies. The father says he is “fortunate to have such caring children.”


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