Visiting a tailor's shop for alteration of new or old clothes is the last thing anyone enjoys. But many people in the twin cities - Hyderabad and Secunderabad - don't hesitate while reaching out to Satayam Babai, who runs a tailoring shop on wheels.
Riding his specially prepared push-cart, Satayam Babai, who is in his fifties, goes around the city while taking orders for alterations of clothes from a host of his old and new clients mostly having problems with the ready-made garments not fitting their size.
Satyam's tailoring shop on wheels is fully equipped with the things that a tailor needs. It's main attractions are sewing machine and a cellular phone, meant for clients to buzz him.
Satayam provides door-to-door service at standard tailoring rates from his 'push cart tailoring mart' that is fully equipped with stitching gadgets. Though essentially an alteration expert, he stitches unisex garments too.
A year ago, the locals were hesitant to avail the services of this tailor-on-wheels. But today, Satyam receives many calls seeking his services to mend clothes.
"I have been watching him for the last one year. I had never seen a mobile stitching shop earlier. It is good," said Abhishek, a local resident.
"It is different. It's a new thing. Of course, a mobile tailor service saves our time. He has a mobile phone too, we can call him anytime," said, Krishna , a customer
It all started when Satayam felt prompted to set up such a mobile tailor shop after facing a lot of nagging from his children. He took up their challenge to survive on his own and earn one lakh rupees on his own.
A couple patrons of his talent encouraged him in his endeavour by becoming regular clients.
"I had a problem in my family. My sons asked me to prove my strength and earn money. They threw a challenge to me to earn one lakh rupees. With the help of some kind women customers, I started this mobile tailoring shop. Now-a-days people prefer ready-made clothes but they often need them to be altered to their size. Considering this requirement, I started this business. I hope this way I may live up to my words given to my sons," says Satayam.
For work, Satayam gets a number of calls by a host of customers to whom he offers his services at their doorsteps.
Today, his earning may be much, not exceeding Rs 150 a day but Satayam's innovative method is truly inspirational.