Without them the city lacks charm, or so we the Kolkattans have come to believe. The street hawkers are a tough lot. For each rupee they earn they’ve to toil hard. There are many pay-offs to be made including at least a decent something to arrange for food, cloth and shelter.
The hawkers are seen mostly where there is some crowd. The office areas and business centers come first in the list, followed by plazas and entertainment places. Some locales are however evergreen for them like Gariahat, Esplanade, Burrabazaar, etc.
The attraction of these places never pales and the hawkers just refuse to budge from the important junctions come what may. It helps that the municipal authority continues to remain lax in its effort to keep these vital places clutter-free.
The 3 snaps here are a reflection of what it really looks like as the day starts for street hawkers.