‘I have no time to care’: The life of a hairdressing student in India
A student hairdresses for his parents and a friend in Kerala, India.
But after three months of hairdryering, his mother has left him and is looking for a job.
“I have lost all my time,” said the 20-year-old, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being targeted by the police.
“In two months I lost everything,” he added.
He said he used to spend three hours a day in his room, working from 10:00 am to 10:30 am, before he left home at 10:45 am.
After leaving home for the day, he would take a taxi to work in the nearby town of Kozhikode, and would work till midnight.
“When I first started working, I used to make about Rs1,000 (US$1,200) per day,” he said.
“After I left, I lost my job, and my savings.”
His mother told him that she would not be able to pay for his education in Kozhikiya, a city in the Indian state of Kerala, even after he completed his degree.
“It is difficult to make money when you are unemployed.” “
The only way I can make ends meet is by doing hairdering,” he told Al Jazeera.
“It is difficult to make money when you are unemployed.”
The life as a haberdasher In a society that sees hairdrading as an occupation, the hairdrer’s life is a tough one.
“If a customer comes to a shop and wants to pay, he will go to the shop to pay,” said Shukla Bhandari, a marketing professor at the State University of Madras.
“There are many job-seekers who work from home, and they have to work until 9 pm.”
In rural areas, people often work from 7:00am to 9:00pm, even if they do not want to go to school.
“Hairdressers in rural areas usually have to be in their homes by 8:00 pm,” said Bhandaris co-author.
“They are often in the same house as their clients.
If they go to work, they can get a salary from their clients, but they have no security,” she added.
While many students go to a college in Kozhinagar, where they study at the college’s student college, many others do not have a home.
“Many students go on holiday abroad.
There is a lack of housing, and there are no options for those students who want to stay at home,” said Ms Bhandaris co-ordinator.
“Most of us go back to the school, where we study for a degree.
But most of us, even when we return to home, are not able to get a job.”
Many of those who are unemployed are in rural Kerala.
In the village of Kottai, near Kozhikkode, Iqbal was unemployed for nearly three months after he returned home.
He was unemployed since the age of 17.
He lost his job, which he had been doing for five years.
“He was so frustrated that he went to the police,” said Iqbalda, who works in a shop in the village.
“At one point, the police came to his house and asked him to get the licence plate number of his car.
When I refused, the officers started beating me.”
Iqbar, another student who was unemployed until recently, said the police used to beat him up when they came to their house.
“One time, I was hit with a brick, and the officer said: ‘This is my licence plate’,” he said, adding that he would not have left the village if the police did not arrest him.
“Even after I returned to the village, they continued beating me,” he continued.
“We lost our jobs and our savings.
Now we are unemployed, without a job,” Iqbag added.
The life on the streets of Kerala The streets of Kozhinaga, the city that surrounds Kozhika, are dominated by hairderers.
“Kozhinagar is a very dangerous place, because the police are always on the prowl.
When the police come to your house, you can’t say anything, and you are beaten up.
The police harass the haberdressers,” said Kavitha, a student haberdeler.
“Sometimes, they even take their cars and take them away.
When they come to our house, they beat us up.”
I asked if there was any support in Kozhyagadi to help those who were struggling to make ends pay for their education.
“Yes, there is a