Often during our daily commute, we come across various street sellers, but never really stop to think how their lives are. In the millions of stories that can be found all around the busy streets of Delhi, one is of this travelling toy maker. A man, approximately 70, assembles these wind-up toys at his humble residence near Nizamuddin Dargah and sells them across the city. What makes it interesting is that he does not set up shop at one particular place. “Main yeh saaman ghar par hi banata hoon aur subah subah kisi ek metro station ke liye nikal padta hoon. Jab saaman bik jaata hai to wapas ghar aata hoon aur aaram se khana khata hoon,” says the seller who didn’t wish to be named.
Although a warm hearted man, he does not wish for big things and doesn’t like it when customers turn into talkers. “Mujhe pasand nahi jab log hum jaise logo par taras khaate hai aur humse idhar udhar ki baatein karte hai. Main kam karne aata hoon, kuchh aur karne mein mera koi shauk nahi. Agar kisi khilaune mein problem hoti hai to main jhhat se theek kar deta hoon ya doosra de deta hoon,” he says.
The toys, generally cartoon character such as Chhota Bheem and Doraemon, have a simple mechanism which enables them to skip and turn when wound up. These adorable toys are priced at Rs 30 and nothing brings a smile on the old man’s face than buying one from him. “Ye khilaune meri rozi roti hai. Jab koi khareedta hai, ya kisi bacche ko isse khushi milti hai, to main bhi ussi mein khush ho jaata hoon. Zarurat ke liye zaroor kaam karta hoon, par aakhir hoon to insaan hi. Mujhe bahot kamaane ka koi shauk nahi, naa hi bheek mangne ka, bas ek request hai ki itni sasti cheez par bhi chik-chik naa karein,” he says.
So, if you happen to spot this man, make sure you check out and buy one of his cute little creations.