151 st recipient of help (livelihood bicycle – Organised by Prashant Neha Taneja, Gurgaon) :
Devovrat Das (23) – Pantry Boy
Devovrat Das is originally from 24 Parganas and working here in Gurgaon as a pantry boy in a pvt company.
Post completing till 9th standard in West Bengal, Devovrat left his town so that he could earn something and moved to Mumbai at his uncle’s place for work. He started learning diamond cutting and got training for around 2-3 months but could not opt it as a profession, since he was a migrant and did not had any local resident proofs. He had only two options, leave Mumbai and go back to his native town or pay a significant amount to get the local proofs which was not possible as he did not had any job at that time, thus he had to come back unwillingly. After spending few months in his home town, he thought to start afresh and moved to Mundra port, Gujarat and worked in a fertilizer factory for around two years but due to health problems he left that job and came back to his home town.
2 years back, he came to Gurgaon for a better chance at earning a livelihood for his family, here also he tried various professions like gardener, newspaper vendor, store in charge etc. but all these jobs were very short tenured as he was not satisfied in any of these roles. He then finally started working as a pantry boy in a private company and is now happy in his current 9-6 job. As here he has a chance to have extra income due to overtime.
Around five months ago, Devovrat got married to Phaguni, who had also moved to Gurgaon from west Bengal in search of a better living. During my conversation with them, husband and wife, I asked them if they have any plans of extending their family, having children; to which they clearly replied that they have got other liabilities for now, and till they first get free from them they will not plan to extend their family. Devovrat has a sister whom he has to get married, but before that he aims to make her independent and thus have got her aligned with a tailoring shop in the neighbourhood where she is learning tailoring. We were happy to hear that this young working couple is mature and understands their responsibilities and their liabilities.
We have provided a ladies cycle to Devovrat’s wife Phaguni earlier so when I asked why he is looking for another ladies cycle than he replied if my wife cycle is broken down than she can use mine to go to her work as she has to reach her workplace at 6 in the morning or her sister can use when he is off to work.
It made me wonder, less privileged people like Phaguni and Devovrat migrate from small villages to metro’s, to earn a livelihood. But, with better earnings and the better lifestyle that big cities can provide them, are these migrants really getting what they were expecting from the cities? Do cites live up to the promises they make in the minds of these migrants?
It’s a new beginning for Phaguni with Devovrat. We wish them a happy married life and a safe ride for her on her new cycle. This bicycle we donated to her will help her travel faster to her place of work and keep her safer on streets.
Thanks a ton to my friend Amish Gupta, who came forward willingly to finance this bicycle for Devovrat Das.
Through this humble deed I think we have added yet another member in the chain of the many donors who support Rakesh’s Bicycle Angels’ efforts to help less privileged people earn a better livelihood.
Rakesh Anand Bakshi and his donors’ (of Bicycle Angels), and their good work, is behind my own motivation for helping less privileged people in and around Gurgaon. And I hope to help many others like them in future as and when I am able.
– Prashant Neha Taneja (Gurgaon)