The recent developments in Assam, and the resultant upheavals elsewhere, has — quite ironically — brought smiles to a few faces.
Meet 21-year-old Nagaraju N. From being a cook’s helper at a roadside dhaba to the kitchen of one of the most popular hotels in Bangalore, he has received an unexpected career boost due to the exodus of people from the northeast.
Nagaraju, from Mysore district, has filled a vacancy in Empire Hotel at Church Street that cropped after the person from the northeast holding the job left for his state.
A recruiter for the hotel came to Nagaraju’s dhaba on Bangalore-Mysore road on August 16 — the second day of the exodus — and made an offer Nagaraju couldn’t refuse.
From earning Rs 100 a day at the dhaba, he now has a job at the hotel that will pay Rs 5,000 per month and an opportunity to earn more through overtime duty. “Now I hope to send more money home and buy some clothes,” he said.
Nagaraju and other Kannadigas who got similar career opportunities during the exodus are hoping to hold on to the jobs even if workers from the northeast return.