When the other tea vendors have been sitting idle and waiting for assistance from the government due to countrywide lockdown, Mosharaf Hossain of village Bahadurpur in Chatmohar upazila is going from door to door of his clientele with ready tea after iftar.
After completing his iftar, Mosharaf can be seen walking on the village roads with a large flux and chanting 'Ei Cha Khaben, Gorom Cha'. His customers are happy getting tea at their door steps thanks to Mosharaf.
"We are used to taking tea after Iftar in the tea stalls in our village market every day. From the first day of Ramadan countrywide lockdownwas enforced resulting in closureof all the tea stalls in the market after Iftar, however,Mosharaf is bringing tea in our homes," Delwar Hossain of village Bahadurpur said.
Most of the villagers do not have the arrangement for tea at their homes so the villagers mostly take tea at the tea stalls, but in the pandemic, most of the stalls are closed. In this regard, tea vendor Mosharafis giving us the opportunity of taking tea at our homes, Abdul Alim, another villager, said.
Mosharaf said "Nobody would give me food if I cannot work. If I don't earn, there will be no food for my family. For the sake of livelihood, have been going door to door with tea as my stall is closed due to the lockdown situation from the first Ramadan. Some 80 to 100 cups of tea are being sold a day, which is much lesser than my regular sale. But I am happy that I am earning Tk 200 to Tk 250 a day." Mosharaf said.
"I am ready to work more and not waiting for relief in the crisis of the pandemic," Mosharaf added.