A street hawker is a person who sells various things by moving from street to street. He is a self-employed person. He is the most familiar figure in the cities and towns.
In a village, he is also seen. He wears a peculiar dress of different colours and makes peculiar sound to draw the attention of his customers. His work is tiresome. He carries his materials on head, sometimes in hand, sometimes in a bag and sometimes in a small handcart. He generally buys his goods at a cheaper rate and sells them at a good profit. His goods are mainly attractive to the women and children.
He usually sells toys, cosmetics, ready-made garments, utensils, sweets, ribbons, fruits etc. Generally in the absence of the housemaster, he comes to sell his goods. He adopts different techniques to convince his customers. He claims that his products are the best in quality. As children are his good customers, he maintains a good communication with them.
However, although a street hawker works hard, he does not earn much. He has a very small capital and earns little. So he maintains his family with a great hardship. We should respect him because he earns his living by the sweat of his brow.
Life of A Street Hawker
(a) Who is a street hawker?
(b) What does a street hawker do?
(c) What sort of man is a street hawker?
(d) What does he sell?
(e) How does he attract the attention of customers?
(f) When does a street hawker come out to sell his things?
A street hawker deals in various things by hawking from street to street. He carries his materials on head and sometimes in hand and sometimes in a small handcart. He generally buys his goods at a cheaper rate and sells them at a good profit. A street hawker is very cunning. He knows his business very well.
His customers are children and women. He brings toys, sweets and other things for children and sells them at a fixed price at a good rate. He also brings bangles, ribbons, clothings, fruits, utensils, fancy goods and things of domestic uses for women.
He speaks in different ways to draw the attention of his customers. A hawker also knows the time/hour of his business. He does not come when housemasters are at home. Rather he comes when housemasters are out of.home and when women are free from their household work and duties.