Making hay while the sun shines

It is paradoxical that while many of the native Keralites go out to various parts of the country and abroad in search of lucrative jobs and heft pay packs, labourers from neighbouring States like Tamil Nadu, Orissa and West Bengal are enthusiastically stepping in to Kerala to fill this vacuum. These hard working labourers make a few fast bucks by doing an array of jobs especially in the construction sector.

They can be seen in busy junctions at the crack of the dawn waiting for a prospective employer. Though  in the past,  they were assigned manual jobs like clearing the bush, or cleaning up the sewage pits or waterlogged canals, now things have undergone a sea change. They have become experts in an array of well paid jobs like masonry, plumbing and landscaping among others, which would not just fetch them a higher pay but also offer convenient working hours.

There has been an marked increase in the quality of their living styles as well. Most of them stay in cozy, one room housing blocks, built by the locals, exclusively keeping the migrant labourers in mind.

Most of them reach their work places riding their stylish bikes and could be seen  working merrily listening to their favourite Tamil songs from their mobile phones. Next time when you pass along any duplex apartment complex under construction, take a closer look at these sporty youngsters with their hallmark earphones popping out, giving finishing touches to the avant- garde edifices of contemporary Kerala.

Sholto Ramsay

Boss, motivator and general eccentric with a deep love of Kerala and India who just wants everyone to enjoy an amazing and life enhancing experience of Kerala.

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4 Responses

  1. Jennifer says:

    I often wondered about this too, as a non- Keralite, non-Indian, etc. etc…
    Why does it seem easier for a subsection of Keralites to work outside India? In Kerala, we see plenty of strikes, but if these workers decided to work outside Kerala and India, they may not go on strike, but would they question authority so easily? Why is the work culture like this in Kerala?

  2. Jennifer says:

    I often wondered about this too, as a non- Keralite, non-Indian, etc. etc…
    Why does it seem easier for a subsection of Keralites to work outside India? In Kerala, we see plenty of strikes, but if these workers decided to work outside Kerala and India, they may not go on strike, but would they question authority so easily? Why is the work culture like this in Kerala?

  3. Jennifer says:

    I often wondered about this too, as a non- Keralite, non-Indian, etc. etc…
    Why does it seem easier for a subsection of Keralites to work outside India? In Kerala, we see plenty of strikes, but if these workers decided to work outside Kerala and India, they may not go on strike, but would they question authority so easily? Why is the work culture like this in Kerala?

  4. Jennifer says:

    I often wondered about this too, as a non- Keralite, non-Indian, etc. etc…
    Why does it seem easier for a subsection of Keralites to work outside India? In Kerala, we see plenty of strikes, but if these workers decided to work outside Kerala and India, they may not go on strike, but would they question authority so easily? Why is the work culture like this in Kerala?

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