Live Phuket The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News World News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

‘Ice man’ keeps up tradition in India’s blistering heat

INDIA: As the temperature heads towards 40 degrees celsius in New Delhi, Ram Babu sets off on his bicycle in an unlikely race against time to deliver ice before it melts.

economics, culture, health,


AFP

Sunday 9 October 2016, 01:00PM


Ram Babu sells ice to roadside vendors in the old quarter of New Delhi. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP
Ram Babu sells ice to roadside vendors in the old quarter of New Delhi. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP

The 52-year-old is one of scores of ice vendors battling traffic, potholes and hordes of people in the Indian capital to supply small shops, in a tradition spanning generations.

Babu has been buying the thick blocks from a wholesaler almost every morning for 30 years, wrapping them in brown sacks to keep them cool and then strapping them to the back of his bike.

He rides an estimated 15 to 20 kilometres a day, delivering mainly to the scores of roadside eateries lacking refrigeration that are crammed into the city.

“It’s a daily struggle. But this is something that I have been doing non-stop. Be it Sundays or holidays I have never taken a break,” said Babu, as he carefully unloads the blocks onto a bustling side street.

The father of five earns about 15,000 rupees (B7,768) a month from selling the ice, but says income has been falling steadily as more businesses buy their own fridges.

Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017

“Now obviously most households have fridges and the offices have big water coolers. It is tough to sustain profits.”

Affectionately dubbed the “ice man” by friends and neighbours, Babu takes pride in the tough, traditional job also done by his father and grandfather.

But he said his children are more interested in finding jobs in offices and factories, and are unlikely to take over when he eventually retires.

“Look, I am already 52. I will carry on working for a few more years.

“But my sons are not into this. For them it is a menial job. I don’t blame them and I will never force them to do it,” he said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Female Russian tourist arrested for feeding fish off Phuket

This place is pathetic. They will stop at nothing to extract every Baht out of tourists.......(Read More)


Chinese tourist, 35, dies when snorkelling off Phuket

Eagle, just to give you chance for a vinegar reaction I wrote 'chinese'. Just want to help you to make your day. Anyway, what is a nationa...(Read More)


Masked monks in clash with DSI as tempers flare

Eagle, glad you had your daily glass of vinegar with my name on it. When you read fairly, than it not possible you miss comments of other readers who...(Read More)


Phuket jet-ski crash: Aussie tourist Keating attends court to acknowledge charges

This story makes me very sad. Not only has this poor guy lost is partner and will have to live with it for the rest of his life but the authorities i...(Read More)


German tourist plunges eight stories from Phuket hotel roof

Eagle, glad to read you had your daily glass of vinegar with my name on it. There were more people laughing about it. Anyway, the laugh was about ...(Read More)


Chinese tourist, 35, dies when snorkelling off Phuket

Kurt,it was a russian lady feeding the fish.Read and think before writing!...(Read More)


Masked monks in clash with DSI as tempers flare

Kurt,the PN is an online news magazine.Not a - question and answer-website.Seems like you are the only person not capable of doing an own research....(Read More)


German tourist plunges eight stories from Phuket hotel roof

@ BenPendejo: Yup, On Phuket it needs a police colonel to give a press release, that from a roof a fall is a fall. Not even a 'believe'. Wo...(Read More)


German tourist plunges eight stories from Phuket hotel roof

Kurt,you are a really sick person!Laughing about an accident or attempted suicide.Man,you need urgent treatment....(Read More)


Chinese tourist, 35, dies when snorkelling off Phuket

Chinese government should safe face and demand that Chinese tour groups to Phuket have at Phuket positioned Chinese guides! A Chinese tourist lady in...(Read More)

The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.