Globalization has made us quite modern, we have the technology for everything. But this technology has made many people jobless. Various traditional professions are dying out due to them. The ‘professionals’ we once hunted down for often find themselves with little or no work.
A sense of nostalgia now looms over us when we come across one of these people in an obscure corner of a market. But then again, we realize that we don’t really need their services anymore. Our dependency on technology has somewhere affected their livelihood.
Here are the top 10 professions which are not practiced in India anymore and that are almost on the verge of death but no one can take away their old world charm from them:
They include the magician, juggler, clowns, and dancers. Since live performances have fallen out of fashion and have been almost entirely replaced with movies and home entertainment technologies, this profession has almost come to an end. Do you remember when last time you went to watch a circus or a circus troop came in your city?
Alternative medicine specialists like acupuncturists, homeopathic doctors and hypnotherapists may be an endangered species. This is because we have become completely dependent on allopathic medicines. We believe that small tablets are much more effective than those homeopathic medicines. Also, a major cause is health insurance companies typically do not cover these specialties whereas alternative medicine are becoming a more niche, luxury service.
Telemarketers and Door-To-Door Salespeople
Do you remember when a person use to come to your house and try to sell different type of products to your mother or grandmother? He uses to show the demo of those products and your mother would listen to that very carefully, though you were not allowed to touch anything over there. Door-to-door and telemarketers position has said to decline because this type of sales is no longer efficient and has been replaced with Internet and television advertising. But we do miss that excitement now?
The Knife Grinders
Do you remember the scene of Jaya Bachchan from the movie Zanjeer “ chakku churiyan tej kara lo” Back in the day, a knife grinder would call out to people with ‘Chaaku tez karva lo’ and people would come running to him with all their blunted knives. These guys have never charged high prices for what they do, and now, making ends meet has become extremely difficult for them. People replace kitchen knives with new ones. They’re easily available in markets and can even be bought online. And it is the knife grinder, now, who runs around to find a job.
The Rudaalis of Rajasthan
In the Thar desert of western Rajasthan, women from the upper castes were expected to keep their emotions to themselves even during the time of death. Hence, Rudaalis, comprising of lower-caste women, were called in to grieve. They would cry loudly, beat their chest and slap the ground. This would go on for 12 days and that’s how Rudaalis would make money. However, as the time progressed, norms changed. Now, people prefer quieter funerals which mean that Rudaalis find very little work.
The Ear Wax Cleaners
The ear wax cleaners roam around the streets, trying to make people believe that their ear hygiene needs to be taken care of. However, they find it harder to make people believe the need for their services these days. In the past, it was easier to find clients. In fact, people would come looking for them. Now, the idea of ‘modern’ has taken over their job. No one wants to sit in the middle of a public place to get their ears cleaned.
The Genealogists of Haridwar
After a death, the male members of Hindu families go to Haridwar to immerse the body’s ashes. The pandits who perform the rituals are also supposed to be in charge of keeping family records of births, marriages, and deaths. The idea behind this recording is that it will immortalize the person who died. However, everything is digital now, and the society has moved to a more scientific worldview. This means that the genealogists are not needed to keep records and find very few visitors.
The Letter Writers
We’ve got our smartphones with about a dozen apps to communicate these days. However, before smartphones came into our lives, we communicated through letters. Letter writers were like saviors for people who could not read and write. But the letter writers found that the world got bigger and they became smaller every passing day. Not a lot of people need them these days.
The Story Tellers of Andhra Pradesh
We’ve all got our favorite shows and our Netflix subscriptions ready but before sitcoms entered the world of entertainment, there were storytellers. They could transport their audience into a new world using just their words. They could make the viewers laugh and cry. However, now that we’ve got so much entertainment just a click away, we’ve lost our love for storytelling. We left our storytellers behind when we moved into the world of technology.
The Godna Artists of Jharkhand
The tribal women go through the ritual of tattooing themselves with various symbols that stand for fertility, prosperity, and protection from evil. The ‘Godna’ ceremony marks the passage from girlhood to womanhood. The artists who are called are from a lower-caste and survive on the little food and money that they get from these ceremonies. However, with the mindset of people changing and migration, the ceremony is being forgotten fast, and so are the Godna artists.
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