Every Monday morning, we drag ourselves back to our humdrum desk jockey existence and prepare for another tedious week at work. Laptops, post-its with reminders, endless client calls. The sheer conventionality is stifling. But there are many people in our country whose jobs are unusual to say the least. Some are part of a dying tradition, others are just downright bizarre. We found 10 unusual jobs people have in India. Which one would you like to spend a day as?
1. Ear Cleaner
A sharp steel needle, a wad of cotton and a pincer – these are the tools of the trade. They are often found on the streets of local markets and in/around monuments in cities. Though this profession is dying out, there are still a few people who only hear clearly if their ears are cleaned by a professional ear cleaner.
2. Corpse Photographers
Believe it or not, this is actually a profession. In the holy city of Varanasi, where people go to perform the last rites, taking a picture of the departed at the Ganges is now a profession. At the burning Ghats, a photographer earns anywhere between ₹1,500 and ₹2,500 per day.
There’s a group of professionals whose job is to dig up history about your ancestors dating back at least ten generations. Also known as ‘pandas’, they are mostly found in Haridwar and keep genealogy records for certain Hindu families. It is said that Hindu families used to visit these genealogists to update their family trees and ask about marriages, births, and deaths.
4. Mustachioed Doormen
If you have ever been to Rajasthan or any hotel in your city, you must have seen the mustachioed doorman. With their luxuriant mustaches and beards, this group of men take pride in flaunting their follicular splendour and are often seen at restaurants, hotels or even at several monuments around the country.
5. Roadside Dentists
Imagine you are on the move and you feel a sharp pain in your tooth – who’ll come to your rescue? A roadside dentist, of course. These ancient orthodontists are often seen in the bylanes of India. Fillings, clean-ups they do it all…but, there’s a catch. There’s no anesthesia. Proceed with caution.
6. Human Scarecrows
We all know what scarecrows are for, to chase away the birds who spoil the crops. Well, a human scarecrow is actually a person who is supposed to scare off pigeons from personal properties, specifically hotels or palaces premise, using flags which have a crossed-out bird sign just in case there was a doubt as to what they were doing.
7. Professional Mourners
These are actually people who are paid to cry at a funeral. There are also known as Rudalis, and are mostly found in Rajasthan. It’s an old yet odd custom that has been followed in India for centuries now. They wear black colour, which is associated with the God of death, Yama.
8. Pet Food Taster
And why not? Your pet deserves the best and for that, we need a pet food taster. The job of this professional is to evaluate the nutritional value of pet food. They taste-test the product to ensure whether or not it actually tastes good too.
9. Ball Inspector
In a country like India, where half the population is crazy about cricket and wants to become a cricketer, there have to be ball inspectors. This person actually inspects each and every ball that is being used in international cricket matches.
10. Water Slide and Rides Tester
We love going to amusement parks, right? Well, there’s a person who tries and inspects each water slide and ride before it’s opened for the public. As fun as it sounds, it’s quite dangerous. Though proper precautions are taken, there’s still risk involved.
So, are you planning to sign up for any of these anytime soon?
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