Walking into a dingy lane on Gwyne Road in the old, congested quarters of the city ushers one into a digital experience with a desi touch.
Here, one chances upon a small, mobile recharge shop owned by Indrajeet Ahujani, 24, popularly known as ‘DJ Wale Bhai’. The shop is difficult to miss because of the deafening music Indrajeet plays as mouth-freshner sachets hang from the walls of the outlet.
Four years ago, when Indrajeet received a free Samajwadi laptop, he did not know how to use the gadget for himself and his family.
For some time, he kept it in a corner of his room. But one day a friend showed him how to run the laptop and that changed Indrajeet’s life.
Cut to 2017: This HP laptop has enabled Indrajeet to open a small shop for mobile and data recharge and earn a livelihood.
He has been in the business for the last two years and makes about Rs 20,000 per month now.
He received the laptop in 2013 after passing the Class 12 examination from Aminabad Inter College.
“I was unemployed before getting this laptop. Since there are hardly any jobs available for a mediocre student like me, life was becoming difficult. But the Samajwadi free laptop scheme has changed my life. I’m making decent money, thanks to this laptop,” he told HT.
Indrajeet says, “Normally, most shops do mobile recharge through handsets. But I do it digitally with my laptop. It is so simple. One can recharge much faster by computer than by mobile.”
Asked why people call him ‘DJ Wale Bhai’, Indrajeet laughs and says, “I have started playing DJ music at weddings and birthday parties with this laptop. I have stored nearly 500 of the latest Bollywood and Hollywood chartbusters on the laptop. By connecting the gadget to a sound system, I have become a DJ as well. I can mix songs very well at the click of a mouse.”
The young man is hired by residents of the adjoining areas for private functions where he becomes the DJ. Today, Indrajeet is earning decent money with help of the laptop.
A big fan of Akhilesh Yadav, he is eagerly looking forward for an opportunity to meet the chief minister so he can thank Yadav for helping him live a respectable life.
Indrajeet is confident that Yadav will form the next government because he “has done so much for the state”.
“Distributing 18 lakh laptops, bringing metro rail to the state capital and constructing the Agra-Lucknow Expressway is no joke,” he says.