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The Doodhwala of Jogeshwari

The Doodhwala of Jogeshwari | The Doodhwala | Scoop.it
There are plenty of jokes about bored housewives and the milkman. However, the reality is much different. “To customers, I have no name. Just Doodhwala.” This article take a look at what it’s like to be a doodhwala in Mumbai.

 

I visit 70 homes in Jogeshwari everyday and all the residents know me, but not one of them knows my name,” says Shiv Shankar Yadav, 32. “For them, I am just Doodhwala.” Yadav has been working at Essaziz Tabela in Jogeshwari for six years. “I will do this all my life,” he says. “I know no other job.”

 

Twelve years ago, Yadav came to Mumbai from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, hoping for a better life than he had farming his family’s small plot. “I miss my wife and three kids,” he says. “But I can’t afford to bring them to the city. Life is too expensive here. My job allows me to send money to them and that helps.”

 

Yadav’s day starts at 5am, when he collects the freshly packed milk bags from the tabela or cattle shed and packs them into the blue plastic crate tied to the back of his bicycle. He then hops on and begins his morning route, wheeling past joggers and sleepy office-goers as he weaves through narrow lanes from Jogeshwari East to Jogeshwari West, delivering fresh milk as he goes.

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Jogeshwari milkman's son is London Olympics

Jogeshwari milkman's son is London Olympics | The Doodhwala | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: It's a heartwarming story of the triumph of talent over circumstances. Narsingh Yadav, the 24-year-old freestyle wrestler who qualified for the London Olympics to be held in July, is the son...

 

May 10, 2012 - of a milkman from the tabelas of Jogeshwari. On May 4 at Helsinki, the youngster qualified for the challenge of his life, becoming the fifth Indian wrestler and the first Mumbaikar to do so for the 2012 edition of the Olympics.

 

As he heads for a coaching session in Haryana, the youth is alert enough to pack his own food and drink to eliminate the possibility of a rival spiking his meals and making him fail the strict anti-dope tests. "Wrestling is a game where you dodge your opponent not just physically but mentally as well," says Narsingh, whose family lives in the cattleshed belt of Jogeshwari.

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Mumbai milkmen threaten to increase prices

Mumbai milkmen threaten to increase prices | The Doodhwala | Scoop.it

Sept 4, 2012 - MUMBAI: Milkmen have threatened to hike milk prices if the state fails to control fodder prices, which have gone up by 60% since last year. Unorganized milk associations like Aarey and Mumbai Milk...

 

C K Singh, general secretary, Aarey Milk Producers, said, "Due to insufficient rains, fodder prices have shot up. Hoarders and traders are also responsible for this. The state needs to act or we will have no option but to increase prices."

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The doodhwala who became a gangster

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Aug 25, 2012 - From climbing his bathroom window to escape the police, to becoming a Robinhood for Dagdi chawl residents, gangster Arun Gawli’s life has been a roller coaster ride of sorts, HT reports.

 

Owing to his poor financial condition, Gawli was forced to drop out of school in Class 5 and take up his family business of supplying milk, around Saat Raasta area.

 

In the 1980s, he worked for Rama Naik’s gang and was soon entrusted the responsibility of providing protection to Dawood Ibrahim’s consignments. Soon, he gave up his job at Khatau mills and joined the Amar Naik gang.

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